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Solar Panels Reap Benefits

April 04, 2018

​A rooftop solar energy system at New Liskeard’s Timiskaming District Secondary School continues to enable District School Board Ontario North East to move forward with other ‘green’ initiatives.

The economic impact of the 416 rooftop panels, produced and commissioned by Honeywell in April of 2015, has generated $135,313.46 to date. The Board has a 20-year contract to sell power under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff renewable energy program.

“We are reaping the benefits of this renewable resource, as $59,264.87 of these funds have been used to purchase and install eco-friendly water bottle filling stations in our secondary and elementary schools, to replace about 160 ageing drinking fountains,” says Board Chair, Bob Brush. “The balance of the funds have been used to offset our hydro costs within the Board.”

On April 12, 2017, the Ministry of Education announced the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund to support the replacement, renewal and installation of new energy efficient building components in schools and administrative buildings. “These funds could be used for solar photovoltaic installations, however our funds from this allocation were used to upgrade our windows, lighting systems and HVAC & Controls in various buildings throughout the District,” says Superintendent of Business, Pearl Fong-West. “These funds had to be and have been incurred by March 31, 2018.”

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Solar Panel Project Reaping Benefits.pdf article from April 4, 2018