International Taoist Tai Chi Centre being switched on this week - Solar panels to help power 11 properties of the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism

TORONTO, Feb. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - In an effort to reduce its carbon footprint, the Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism will begin generating solar power at its International Taoist Tai Chi Centre and 10 of its locations in Ontario. The Centre's solar system goes on line this week and the others will follow as the Ontario Power Authority approves licence applications.

The International Taoist Tai Chi Centre is a facility comprised of a Great Practice Hall, meditation suites, dining halls, and one of North America's largest Taoist temples. On its busiest days, the Centre welcomes hundreds of visitors. The new solar system contains 48 solar panels generating 10 kilowatts of environmentally clean electricity.

In an auspicious coincidence, the panels are being hooked up to the grid in time for the Lantern Festival, an annual festival of lights in the Chinese culture, where attendance can reach 1,000 guests on some years.

Protecting the environment while cutting costs
The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada, the two charitable organisations that operate this Centre, estimate savings equivalent to about a quarter of the Centre's yearly hydro consumption. Geothermal solutions are being looked into to further reduce the Centre's dependency on other forms of energy.

Under Ontario regulations, the Centre must sell its solar production to the Ontario Power Authority, which recognizes it as a small supplier within the OPA's MicroFIT ("feed-in tariff") program and will compensate the Centre accordingly over the 20 years of the contract. The ground-based solar system was designed and installed by SolGenSys Inc. of Peterborough, Ontario.

Other initiatives across the country
The further applications to the OPA are for roof-based systems on 10 different local premises under the full FIT program, which does not limit production to 10 kilowatts.  These buildings are all located in Ontario, but Fung Loy Kok and the Society are implementing green initiatives to properties in other provinces as well. For instance, last year they installed white membranes over several tar- and gravel-covered buildings, including the 4,500 sq. ft. flat roof of the Society's regional centre in Longueuil, Qc.  These membranes reflect the sunlight off flat-roofs, hence reducing the use of air conditioning and ventilation to offset heat build-up inside the premises.

The Fung Loy Kok Institute of Taoism and the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Canada are both member organizations of the International Taoist Tai Chi Society, which was founded in Toronto in 1970 by the late Master Moy Lin-shin. Active in 26 countries, the International Taoist Tai Chi Society is dedicated to promoting health in the community through the practice of all forms of Taoist Tai Chiä internal arts of health.

SOURCE TAOIST TAI CHI SOCIETY OF CANADA

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