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St. Lawrence College installs largest solar system for post-secondary facility


A solar rooftop energy system—designed and built by Ainsworth Inc.—is being installed at two St. Lawrence College campuses in Kingston and Brockville. Together, they will comprise the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop installation at any post-secondary institution in Canada, according to Ainsworth.

October 26, 2010  By  Craig Pearson

The installation totals 350 kW. A 250-kW rooftop system at the college’s Kingston campus will involve more than 1,200 solar modules installed on three separate rooftops, says Ainsworth, which are expected to generate over $200,000 a year in revenue for the college. A second 100-kW rooftop system at the college’s Brockville campus, involving 442 solar modules, will be installed on the rooftop of the main building and is expected to generate revenue of $80,000 a year for the college. Ainsworth says the total revenue generated of $280,000 a year is through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program.


“Ainsworth is thrilled to be partnering with St. Lawrence College on this exciting project, which we think is the way of the future,” said Albert Renaud, President and CEO of Ainsworth Inc. “The OPA, through the FIT Program, has opened the door to making renewable technologies like solar sustainable in Ontario. As an OMERS business, sustainability plays an important role in everything we do.”

Additional benefits for St. Lawrence College, according to the company, include:

· Investing in solar panels provides a steady and sustainable revenue stream back to the College

· Demonstrating a commitment to Ontario’s plan to promote green energy

· Providing students with a unique, hands-on opportunity to learn about solar energy

“We are the first college to offer diplomas in Energy Systems Engineering and Wind Turbine Technician,” said Chris Whitaker, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College. “And we continue to lead the way by providing our students with a cutting-edge education and hands-on experience with real, operating, renewable energy systems.”

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