St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School

St. Joseph Elementary School, Grimsby, Ontario, Carmanah rooftop photovoltaic systemSt. Joseph Elementary School, Grimsby, Ontario, Carmanah rooftop photovoltaic systemSt. Joseph Elementary School, Grimsby, Ontario, Carmanah rooftop photovoltaic system
Client: 
Niagara Catholic District School Board
Capacity (kW): 
113
Locations: 
Grimsby, ON
Commercial Operation: 
2011

Two elementary schools in Southern Ontario, St. Joseph Elementary and Our Lady of Fatima Elementary, have been selected to receive a solar PV system as part of the Ministry of Education’s Energy Management and Conservation Initiative through the Renewable Energy Funding for schools program. Carmanah will design and build the two systems in Grimsby, Ontario during the summer of 2011 and once completed, the system will offer immediate benefits such as reducing energy consumption.  Each integrated solar power system will generate revenue for the district through the Ontario Power Authority Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program.

Each school will be outfitted with a 113 kW rooftop system, consisting of more than 500 solar modules as well as a web-enabled data monitoring system where the collected information will be accessible for educational purposes.  The grid-tie PV structure will be incorporated into the sloped infrastructure of the building with the arrays large enough to be seen from ground level. Once installed, the new system will showcase the School District’s movement towards alternative energy solutions.