A video by Ania Kohinski of the CUSW provides a quick overview of the day's events and programming:
OurPower program, described the basics of putting up a solar PV installation on a residential roof (click here for presentation). He was accompanied by John Scheffer, Chair of the Lakeshore Village BIA, and newly minted microFIT (<10kW) generator who provided the perspective of someone who has successfully completed a solar PV rooftop project. These gentlemen were greeted with overwhelming enthusiasm as the crowd in their first seminar was standing-room only. In order to meet the demand of curious residents two residential seminars were held at 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm.
While residents were peppering their presenters with questions, another group of intrepid solar enthusiasts sought to give the commercial perspective to people representing commercial properties interested in FIT projects (>10 kW). Travis Allan of Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP graciously chaired a panel addressing the following topics (click on presenter's name to see presentation):
- FIT Basics - Scott McLorie, developer at EDF EN Canada;
- Legal Issues - Rob Wakulat, lawyer and founder of Wakulat | Law;
- Financial Return - Osman Sediqi, senior associate at Koenig & Consultants; and
- Community Power - Roberto Garcia, Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.
Attendees heard about a positive opportunity to go solar, but were also cautioned to be move methodically through the development of any size solar PV installation. For commercial property owners interested in more information, it may be helpful to review the Rooftop Solar Study commissioned one year ago by Partners in Project Green. Rob was a co-author along with Zizzo Allan Climate Law LLP and University of Toronto doctoral candidate Dave Bristow.
The report studies barriers to implementing rooftop solar in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone surrounding Toronto’s Pearson Airport. The study was published by the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority in May 2010.
Wakulat | Law would like to thank the following people and organizations for making this event possible:
- Sponsors: Toronto Hydro, TREC, JobStart and World's Greenest Business Cards.
- Hosts: Lakeshore BIA communities
- Promoters: CUSW, OSEA, SNAP Etobicoke, Etobicoke Guardian, Toronto Association of Business Improvement Areas, greenTbiz, Franke James (and her Green Conscience)
- Volunteers: A dedicated group of young green volunteers interested in promoting a sustainable city and supporting the goals of Wakulat | Law.