Energy & Power
PowerStream Solar powers up rooftops in City of Barrie
By Alyssa Dalton
September 5, 2012 – PowerStream Solar’s renewable energy partnership with the City of Barrie, Ont., was recently commemorated at the Holly Community Centre, one of three rooftop solar generation systems to go online in June.
In addition to the Holly Community Centre installation, a 250kW system that generates more than 321MWh per year, the ceremony also showcased the installations at the East Bayfield Community Centre (75kW system producing more than 98MWh per year) and the City of Barrie Parking Garage (100kW system generating more than 114MWh per year). Combined, the three systems boast of 2,004 photovoltaic (PV) modules.
These projects represent three of 18 completed systems installed on buildings owned, either directly or indirectly, by the City of Barrie.
Two other systems, one at Allandale Community Centre (250kW) and the other at Barrie’s Operations Centre (250kW), are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012 and aim to bring the city’s total solar generation to 1.375MW.
“The City of Barrie, working in cooperation with PowerStream Solar and its suppliers, is committed to protecting the environment through the development and use of clean sources of energy,” said Jeff Lehman, mayor of Barrie. “As a municipal leader in sustainability and conservation we need to make better and more creative use of our assets, including our building rooftops, to achieve our environmental objectives.”
“PowerStream has made a strong commitment to renewable generation,” added Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream board chair and mayor for the City of Markham. “Our PowerStream Solar division leases under-utilized rooftops to help local governments and businesses generate new revenues, while we generate energy from renewable sources.”
PowerStream Solar is a division of PowerStream, a municipally-owned electricity distribution company, which serves approximately 340,000 customers.