Energy & Power
PowerStream Solar and Town of Markham power up first two rooftops of partnership
By Alyssa Dalton
February 6, 2012 – PowerStream Solar and the Town of Markham celebrated their partnership last week with a ceremonial connection of the rooftop solar generation system at the Thornhill Community Centre, one of two PowerStream Solar generation systems currently installed on buildings owned by Markham, Ont.
The Thornhill Community Centre installation is a 350kW system, which produces more than 453MWh per year, while the other is a 250 kW system that produces more than 315 MWh per year at Angus Glen Community Centre. Combined, both systems, which include a total of 2,754 monocrystalline panels, can produce enough electricity for approximately 84 homes, said PowerStream Solar.
Town of Markham Mayor and PowerStream board chair Frank Scarpitti, PowerStream president and CEO Brian Bentz, and representatives from Carmanah Technologies and PCL Constructors attended the event.
“The Town of Markham, 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,” explained Scarpitti. “As a municipal leader in sustainability and conservation we need to leverage our assets, including our building rooftops, to achieve our environmental objectives.”
The mayor noted that by the end of 2012, the Town expects to have PowerStream Solar rooftop installations on six of its buildings, in reference to systems planned for Mount Joy Community Centre, Milliken Mills Community Centre, R.J. Clatworthy Arena and Thornlea Pool.
“PowerStream and PowerStream Solar strive to be industry leaders and are continuously expanding the installation of renewable generation systems which provide value to our shareholders and the communities we serve,” added Bentz.
PowerStream Solar’s business model is currently offering commercial, industrial and institutional building owners the opportunity to lease their under-utilized rooftops for large-scale solar generation installations that are connected to the electricity grid.