The Town of Innisfil launched its third solar project on Thursday, Aug. 18, throwing the switch on a 10-kilowatt, free-standing solar panel that tracks the sun during daylight hours.
The electricity generated by the solar panel, located behind the town’s old administration building at 2147 Innisfil Beach Rd., will be purchased from the town by the Ontario Power Authority for 64.2 cents per kilowatt-hour. This will create an estimated $9,000 in profits for the town every year, which will be added to general revenue and will help subsidize local taxes.
The panel was installed through the partnership between Innisfil Hydro and the Town of Innisfil.
“This forward-thinking solar power project, in partnership with Innisfil Hydro, is a great step towards long term energy sustainability for the Town,” says Barb Baguley, Mayor of Innisfil, who attended the switching on ceremony. “This project shows that the town is clearly actively going ‘beyond the hour’ which was Earth Hour’s challenge for all 2011 participants.”
The solar project was funded by a dividend declared by Innisfil Hydro’s affiliate company, Innisfil Energy Services Ltd. Grasshopper Solar Corp. was awarded the project in a tendering process.
George Shaparew, president of Innisfil Hydro says: “We’re excited to be partnering with the town of Innisfil on this initiative.
There are about 35 solar projects hooked up in Innisfil — there were only 27 mid-July. There are also more than 100 applications to install solar projects, compared with just 70 in mid-July.
This is Innisfil's third solar project: the other two are the Hwy. 400 sign at Innisfil Beach Road and an installation at the Cookstown branch of the Innisfil Library.
Pictured below at the switching on ceremony are: (L- R) Councillor Bill Loughead, Councillor Maria Baier, Mayor Barb Baguley, Councillor Doug Lougheed, Innisfil Hydro president George Shaparew and Shamor Paul of Grasshopper Energy. Photo courtesy Town of Innisfil