Ontario School Board Powers Up with Carmanah for an Additional Solar Grid-Tie System

April 26, 2011
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VICTORIA, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA (April 26, 2011) Carmanah Technologies has been awarded a second contract by the Greater Essex County District School Board (GECDSB) of Windsor, Ontario, Canada to provide a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the new Tecumseh School. The Carmanah solar rooftop ballasted PV system, valued at approximately $580,000 (CDN), will install on the Tecumseh Vista Academy, the School Board’s first K-12 School.
The grid-tied system being installed on the roof of the school’s gymnasium is supported by the Ministry of Education Renewable Energy Funding for Schools program. The system will generate revenue for the district through the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program and will have a 100 kW capacity once complete in August of 2011. The design and construction of the new Tecumseh K-12 School, one of three projects included in the Ministry’s pilot program, will guide future cost benchmarks for all new school construction in the province.
Mohamad Abdel-Nabi, Coordinator of Capital Projects for the Greater Essex County District School Board, comments that the decision to select Carmanah as the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor of this project was based on Carmanah’s reputation and history of delivering successful rooftop solar systems. “We were looking for a company with the capability to provide competitively priced turn-key solutions that are optimally designed, safely installed and professionally executed. Carmanah has a 10 year history of providing these kinds of services in Canada, including the Dr. David Suzuki Public School PV system that was installed last year.”
Carmanah will outfit the school with a real time data monitoring system that will provide metrics for the Board’s energy management plan for the district as well as serving as an educational tool for students. In 2010, a similar monitoring system was incorporated in the neighbouring Dr. David Suzuki Public School where Carmanah’s solar array supported the School’s goal of obtaining LEED Platinum certification. Dr. David Suzuki Public School represented the first public school in Canada to achieve Platinum LEED certification.
“Providing an opportunity to pair students with solar technology at work is valuable for both our industry and environment.” Comments Ted Lattimore, CEO, Carmanah. “We are delighted to build on our previous success with the school board and admire Greater Essex County’s commitment to sustainable technology.”
Suitably, this project is announced prior to the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) annual Solar Ontario Conference held in the School Board’s own backyard of Windsor. Carmanah will be represented at the CanSIA show on May 5 – 6th, 2011 at booth #102.
For more information on this or other solar grid-tie applications within Canada, contact Richard Wayte at rwayte@carmanah.com, or visit Carmanah at carmanah.com.
About Greater Essex County District School Board
The Greater Essex County District School Board, in partnership with the community, provides learning opportunities which support, challenge, and inspire all students to achieve their full potential and enable them to participate meaningfully in their communities. With support from the Government of Ontario, the Greater Essex County District School Board of Windsor, Ontario, has upgraded many existing school facilities and opened five new elementary schools.
About Carmanah Technologies Corporation
Carmanah Technologies Corporation is a global provider of renewable and energy-efficient technologies. From its headquarters in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, and office in Toronto, Ontario, the company’s Grid-Tie division oversees the design, supply, and installation of solar photovoltaic grid-tied systems for commercial, industrial and institutional applications. As one of the most trusted names in solar technology, Carmanah has installed more grid-tie solar power systems than any other integrator or EPC contractor in Canada, including the City of Toronto Police Services building, the Toronto Parking Authority, the David Suzuki Public School, and the Jean Canfield Government Building in Prince Edward Island — named Canada’s 2008 Solar Project of the Year by the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). Carmanah is a publicly traded company, with common shares listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “CMH”. For more information, visit carmanah.com..
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