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OPUC installs rooftop solar projects for city-owned buildings in Oshawa


July 16, 2012
By Alyssa Dalton


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July 16, 2012 – Last month, Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC), an infrastructure company providing energy and communication related services, partnered with the City of Oshawa, Ont., to install rooftop solar power systems at various city-owned buildings.

The first phase of the partnership consists of solar power rooftop projects at the Civic Recreation Complex, Donevan Recreation Complex and General Motors Centre, which will be constructed by Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada, an affiliate of Panasonic Corporation of North America.

In its role in the project, Panasonic will be providing full turnkey system installation services including system engineering, equipment procurement, construction, and commissioning of each system.

“OPUC is pleased to have partnered with the City of Oshawa in converting the rooftops of these city-owned buildings into solar power generation sites,” said Bruce Fenton, chair of OPUC. “I am pleased to see the board’s strategy to diversify operations of OPUC, to include sustainable and green energy production, is starting to take shape.”

“The City of Oshawa is extremely proud to participate in this green energy initiative,” added Oshawa mayor John Henry. “Through this partnership, rooftop space on city-owned buildings will be used to generate and contribute efficient, clean and sustainable energy to Ontario’s electrical grid.”

According to OPUC, the solar rooftop projects are part of a larger portfolio of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems to be owned and operated by OPUC under Ontario Power Authority (OPA)’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.