Solar power project welcomes visitors
The gate is open and the welcome mat is in place this Sunday for residents of Alfred-Plantagenet Township to come tour the newest solar power project to charge up in their municipality.
The Ottawa Renewable Energy Cooperative (OREC) and GP Joule are inviting everyone interested to the official Oct. 1st launch of OREC’s latest community-owned solar power project. The 500kW facility is located in the heart of the Village of Alfred in Alfred-Plantagenet Township and is the first such community-owned solar energy facility in the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR). All previous solar power setups in the counties are private-sector projects.
OREC developed the project with the support of GP Joule, which built it. OREC is a part owner of the facility along with all the local investors who pledged their own $2500 for a share in the future profits from both the Alfred project and OREC’s other present and future solar power developments. “Most regions in Eastern Ontario are underserved by renewable energy co-ops due to the significant commitment required from volunteers to manage a co-op, among other reasons,” stated Janice Ashworth, OREC general manager. “The Co-operative wants to make it easier for residents of Eastern Ontario to invest in projects close to home by building new projects outside of Ottawa.”
The Alfred project will generate 890,000 kiloWatt-hours of electricity each year over the next 20 years for the provincial power grid. That equals enough continuous energy for 100 homes.
The official launch event for the project is Oct. 1st, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the facility site at 66 Du Moulin Street in Alfred. The noonhour launch ceremony will feature a summary of the project history and the partnership between OREC and the Keewaywin First Nation.
Les panneaux solaires sont en place pour le dernier projet d’énergie solaire dans le canton d’Alfred-Plantagenet. Le lancement officiel pour le projet communautaire de 500kW est le 1er octobre.