Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault and Michael Chan, MPP for Markham-Unionville, recently joined Markham and PowerStream executives to launch Markham’s newest solar energy project.
Located at the Markham Pan Am Centre, this is the ninth rooftop array of solar panels installed at City of Markham municipal facilities. It raises the City’s renewable solar portfolio to 1.83 megawatts (MW), which is amongst the largest solar capacities held by a municipality in Ontario.
Powered by the sun, this new 450 kilowatt rooftop installation is expected to provide energy to about 65 average sized households. It is about the size of two and a half football fields and contains 1,793 panels. The project came to life through strong collaboration between Markham officials and energy company Powerstream.
“Early and strong collaboration between the City of Markham and PowerStream made it possible to build the solar PV system on the Markham Pan Am Centre under the FIT Program,” Mayor Frank Scarpitti said. “The presence of solar systems on city-owned buildings aligns with Markham’s comprehensive strategy to make our municipality one of the most sustainable communities in North America.”
Powerstream owns and operates more than 80 solar photovoltaic projects throughout Ontario, with a combined generating energy capacity of 18.27MW, which is enough to produce clean energy from the sun for more than 2,730 homes for at least 20 years.
The LEED Gold Certified Markham Pan Am Centre is located on 2.4 hectares of land in Markham Centre. It is a 13,660 square meter (147,000 square feet) multi-sport facility, and was the home of four TO2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am competitions: badminton, table tennis, water polo and para table tennis.
“PowerStream is proud to add the Markham Pan Am Centre to our portfolio of commercial rooftop solar PV generation facilities in Ontario,” said Brian Bentz, President and CEO, PowerStream. “We look forward to expanding our investments in the years ahead.”
PowerStream provides power and related services to more than 380,000 customers north of Toronto and in Central Ontario. It is jointly owned by Barrie, Markham and Vaughan.
Cover Photo: Aerial image of Markham Pan Am Centre 450kW rooftop solar array installation.
Photo, above: Ward 6 Councillor Amanda Collucci, Ward 3 Councillor Don Hamilton, Ward 8 Councillor Alex Chiu, Mayor Frank Scarpitti, Minister of Energy Glenn Thibeault, MPP Markham-Unionville Michael Chan, Regional Councillor Jim Jones, Regional Councillor Joe Li, President & CEO of PowerStream Brian Bentz, Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong and Ward 1 Councillor Valerie Burke.
Article by Zehra Raza, with files from PowerStream
Photos courtesy of PowerStream