Jul 29, 2013
By Michael Kramer
It’s a new take on “the power of art.”
A stained glass installation at a Saskatoon cathedral is also generating solar power.
The work by Toronto artist Sarah Hall consists of solar panels embedded in brightly coloured, hand-painted glass.
It’s called “lux gloria” and one of the panels is about to be hooked up to the Saskatchewan power grid.
Once connected, The Cathedral of The Holy Family will be able to use the electricity to offset its own power consumption from the regular grid.
About 25-hundred kilowatt hours are expected to be produced annually. That’s up to a third of the 8-to-10,000 kilowatt hours consumed by a typical home in Saskatoon each year.
“Lux Gloria” is one of four solar-stained glass window installations across Canada that Sarah Hall has created since 2005 -and the first to be hooked up to the power grid.