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Rooftop Solar Panel Project Underway in Pickering

Posted on Friday March 20, 2015

As part of the City’s ongoing commitment to energy sustainability, a solar panel array will be mounted on the roof of the Claremont Community Centre, Library and Fire Station #4. 

Panels will cover the majority of the south roof slopes, as well as the main roof of the gymnasium. Approximately 100,000kWh of electrical energy is expected to be produced by the panels annually, and will be fed back into Ontario’s Grid. 

The savings represent approximately half of the annual electrical requirements of the multi use facility. Additionally, just over 61,000 kg CO2 emissions will be avoided per year.

This project was made possible via a joint venture with Veridian Connections Inc., Solera Sustainable Energies Company Limited, Queen Street Solar Co-operative and funding from Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT 2.1) Program.  Revenue generated from the City’s roof lease agreement will be directed into a Green Initiatives Fund that will be used to fund future sustainability projects.

Installation is underway and is expected to take approximately 8-10 weeks, with minimal impact to the ongoing use of the facility.

“Implementing this solar panel project is an important milestone on Pickering’s sustainability journey,” said Mayor Dave Ryan.  “As Pickering grows as a city, we need to continue setting a leadership example for the community by investing in more sustainable and environmentally-friendly opportunities such as this.”

This project was guided by the City’s Corporate Energy Management Plan, which outlines a 5-year action plan to increase energy efficiency, reduce energy consumption, and minimize the City’s environmental footprint. Visit pickering.ca/sustainability to find out more.


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community. 

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Vince Plouffe
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