Strathcona Solar Initiatives, an Ontario based award-winning full-service integrator, announced yerterday that it has recently completed the installation of a high-yielding 80-kilowatt rooftop PV system for the Trillium Sales Group in North York, Ontario.
Trillium Sales Group, a global supplier of promotional gifts and merchandise established its 20,000 square feet head office at the North York location in 2010 from which the company is serving about 10,000 clients worldwide. In order to grow the thriving company further while staying price-competitive Trillium CEO Tom Greenberg was looking for reliable ways to create revenue through existing assets.
Now Mr. Greenberg is renting out the roof space of his headquarters to the Strathcona Energy Group (SEG) who is using the unobstructed area to generate 105,659 kilowatt hours of solar energy annually. This is enough power to supply ten households with electricity for one year and equals the amount of 73 metric tons of harmful carbon dioxide emissions being averted annually.
The system is contracted under Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) with IESO, or Independent Electricity System Operator, who awards the system owner with a pre-set rate per kilowatt-hour generated for 20 years. In return SEG reimburses the Trillium Sales Group for the use of the space the 336 high-efficiency modules take up.
Tom Greenberg, the CEO of the Trillium Sales Group said:
“We are extremely pleased with the project and the ease with which it allows us to add a solid revenue stream to our operations. Being part of a clean energy initiative presents an exciting opportunity for us in the sense that we are investing in a sustainable future. It’s a cause very close to our business model and philosophy.”
Like for many other PV systems Strathcona designs and installs, the company is using Meteocontrol’s sophisticated WEB’log as an advanced monitoring platform and revenue-optimizing tool. WEB’log is equipped with a revenue grade meter and an inverter production monitor, and combines a host of other data, from satellite weather to temperature sensors, to deliver the most conclusive real-time portal and ensure maximum production over the lifetime of the system.
CEO of Strathcona Energy Group Karl Hollett said:
“We are really thrilled to be able to utilize the next-to-ideal roof space the Trillium Sales Group has provided us. It’s exciting to turn a densely populated area such as this with its vacant roof areas into clean energy power plants. Working with a leadership team like Trillium Sales Group who was excited to capitalize on a vital business asset that had not been used so far, is an extreme privilege.”
Source: Press Release by Strathcona Solar Initiatives. Image Credit: Strathcona Solar Initiatives.