Solar Power Network and Plaza Ontario Join Forces to Bring Solar Generation Project to Windsor
TORONTO, Feb. 15, 2012 /CNW/ - Solar Power Network (SPN) is pleased to announce the completion of its first site, 230 kW comprising 910 solar panels, across 23,000 square feet of rooftop space at Plaza Ontario. The announcement highlights a 20-year commitment to generating sustainable energy through the Ontario Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program and EnWin's continued committed to connecting solar generation capacity. The rooftop solar panel system supports Ontario's goals of eliminating the province's dependence on coal-fired power and the related emissions, which are the principle ingredient in the smog that causes Ontario air quality advisory alerts.
"We're very proud to participate in the Solar Power Network, contributing efficient, clean and sustainable energy to Ontario's electrical grid," says Paulo Fontana, Co-owner and GM of Plaza Ontario. "With no upfront costs or associated project costs for us, and no structural impact to our rooftop, turning unused rooftop space into a source for energy generation is a low-risk, high-reward undertaking. It makes good business sense and good environmental sense."
Plaza Ontario's Provincial Road location in Windsor, has not only been outfitted with 910 solar panels, but is also actively monitored by Solar Power Network to ensure peak efficiency at all times. To minimize power lost in transmission, as is the case with traditional power delivery, Ontario's FIT program enables energy collected to be distributed to the local grid, and consumed by the building itself and then homes and businesses closest to the site.
"As Ontario continues to shift its priorities toward more sustainable sources of energy, we have seen a growing interest in our rooftop lease offer from similar companies across the province," says Peter Goodman, President and CEO, Solar Power Network. "Our unique approach uses the latest solar technology and offers customers an innovative lower panel angle design, which results in no structural impact to their rooftop while maximizing the revenue from their leased out roof space."
Plaza Ontario's involvement in the SPN rooftop solar program is a great match for one of its key objectives, which involves sourcing natural and sustainable flooring materials for Ontario homeowners. The solar program, which is owned and operated by Solar Power Network, will produce 264 MWh of power each year - equivalent to displacing 132 metric tonnes of greenhouse gases, the root cause of air pollution.
About Solar Power Network
Solar Power Network Inc. is a Canadian-owned private company, based in Ontario and specializing in generating clean energy, using proven solar technologies. Solar Power Network partners with local businesses, leasing and converting idle roof-tops into solar power generation spaces. The company offers generous, up-front payments and continual maintenance services. Led by a team of professional engineers, Solar Power Network offers building owners high financial return with minimal risk and structural impact.
For more information visit: solarpowernetwork.ca.
EnWin Utilities Ltd.
EnWin Utilities Ltd. is Windsor's Local Distribution Company, responsible for the distribution of electricity, as well as the service and maintenance of Windsor's electricity distribution infrastructure. EnWin also provides managed services for the Windsor Utilities Commission.
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Katie Gates, Citizen Optimum