At Red Rabbit Energy we feel that it is important to test out all the systems that we plan on offering to our clients and partners.
As such, in 2008/2009, we are conducting the following pilot projects:
The system consistst of a 5 kW roof-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panel array on a commercial plaza in the Milton area. It will have a tie to the utility grid and act as micro-generator of electricity to be sold to the local utility under the Standard Offer program.
This installation demonstrates the technology to owners of commercial properties and acst as a “feasibility study.” to interested parties.
Installation was completed mid-August 2008, and the systme is expected to begin delivering electricity to the energy grid no later than September 1. For details, please see our News Release.
The planned facility is approximately 400kW and is expected to occupy a land area of 4 to 6 acres adjacent to Highway 401 in the town of Milton. The facility may be either free-standing or be fully integrated into a significant residential or light industrial development to occupy roughly 15 acres.
Locating this project alongside Canada’s busiest highway will showcase the technology and the company to a very large number of potential clients and partners.
The proposed technology would be either a fixed or a tracking solar array tied to the local utility grid. The facility will act as a generating station, with the produced electricity sold to the local utility at the rate of $0.42 per kW, as guaranteed in the Ontario Power Authority’s Standard Offer program.
Applications to the Town of Milton and the Ontario Power Authority are in process. This development is subject to zoning changes and other regulatory approvals.
Examples of fixed and tracking solar panel arrays
A solar roof-mounted PV system between 5-10 kw is being considered for a large barn roof on a 45 acre farm west of Toronto. This installation, too, will serve as a micro-generator of electricity and take advantage of the OPA’s Standard Offer.
Many farms in Ontario have barns and other utility buildings with large roof areas ideally suited for solar installations. It is expected that many farmers will want to seize the opportunity to turn these into income-producing assets, especially if financing or leasing arrangements are offered.