Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Partners in Project Green Discusses Economics of Rooftop Solar

As mentioned in an earlier post, Wakulat|Law worked with Zizzo Allan Climate Law to co-author a report entitled Barriers to the Adoption of Rooftop Solar for Partners in Project Green which is a project being operated in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone.

PPG comprises approximately 12,000 hectares in the Greater Toronto Are, including Toronto Pearson International Airport as well as portions of the Region of Peel, City of Toronto, City of Mississauga and City of Brampton. More than 12,500 primarily small and medium-sized businesses employing over 350,000 people call the Zone home. PPG's main objective is to improve these business' financial and environmental performance through more efficient resource use.

The scale of potential savings in the Zone is significant. An assessment of the current energy-use in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone was completed. A 2007 annual assessment reviewed all non-process energy requirements, which were estimated at 5,801,000 MWh of total electricity consumption and 46,447,000 GJ in natural gas consumption in 2007.

Since the solar barrier report's publication in May 2010, PPG has aggressively worked with its stakeholders to advance the Zone's understanding of Ontario's green energy regulatory framework and the opportunities and risks of implementing rooftop solar photovoltaic projects.

This past March PPG brought together a number of local businesses to further delve into these issues. The sessions included an overview of the Ontario Feed-in Tariff program and approval process for renewable energy projects, along with identifying technical considerations that could impact the economics of rooftop solar projects. A few project proponents also shared their experiences with installing rooftop and ground-mounted solar installations at their facilities.

The following presentations are now available for viewing on the Partners in Project Green website:
~ Rob

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