So­lar po­wer pro­ject wel­comes vi­si­tors

Vision (Canada) - - La Une - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­[email protected]

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.

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