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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Owen Sound Enters Solar Age

Owen Sound | by Manny Paiva  

Scenic City has two solar generating facilities producing electricity for the province.


Owen Sound has entered the solar age.

The Scenic City has two solar generating facilities producing electricity for the province.

One is at the Public Works Yard and the second is at the Kiwanis Soccer Complex.

Environmental Superintendent Chris Hughes tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they are Ground Mount Seasonal facilities.

Hughes says they can adjust the solar panels twice a year -- in the winter and summer -- to take advantage of the higher angle of the sun.

Owen Sound paid 171 thousand dollars for the two systems -- but Hughes says the province will pay back almost double that amount in electricity generation.

Hughes estimates the City will make 318 thousand dollars over the life of their 20 year MicroFit contract.

The City has been looking at solar power for more than a year now.

Hughes says if this project works well, they may look at building more solar panels.

Hughes adds they are also looking at the possibility of renting out the roof of the Bayshore Community Centre to a company that wants to install solar panels.

 

 

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