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Carmanah awarded $1.3M contract for rooftop PV solution in Markham

June 26, 2012 | By Alyssa Dalton

June 26, 2012 – Carmanah Technologies is once again working with PowerStream– this time to provide and install a 300kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system for a community centre in Markham, Ont. The $1.3 million project began installation in May and has a target completion date for July 2012.

PowerStream‘s solar division has completed several installations through the Ontario Power Authority‘s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program. In 2011, PowerStream selected Carmanah as the Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) provider for a 350kW rooftop photovoltaic generating system at Markham’s Thornhill Community Centre. Recently, Carmanah was awarded a second PowerStream solar PV project at Mount Joy Community Centre in Markham. The facility presented a number of design challenges including multiple roofs with varied slopes, an irregularly corrugated metal surface and limited reserve structural capacity for the PV system.

“Our Renewable Generation business continues to work with successful companies involved with the FIT program. Carmanah’s leading industry experience positioned them well to support us in developing this exciting project in Markham,” said Milan Bolkovic, executive vice-president, Renewable Generation and Conservation at PowerStreams.

Carmanah’s engineering team collaborated with Schletter Canada to propose an design for the building’s requirements, adapting a standard racking product that would minimize the necessity for physically anchoring the solar generating array, they explained. The system also features PV modules from Heliene. The installation will include commercial inverters locally manufactured in Ontario by Advanced Energy.

“Carmanah was up to the challenge in finding a solution for the size and complexity of this project,” commented Bruce Cousins, Carmanah CEO. “Our expertise in handling unique projects has been recognized by PowerStream and we hope to continue supporting their leadership in rooftop PV opportunities in Ontario.”

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