Sept. 11, 2015


Ottawa achieves goal of installing 1,000 solar rooftops


OTTAWA – Today, the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) invited guests and media to attend an event showcasing Ottawa’s 1,000th solar energy project on the rooftop of Maurice Lapointe High School in Kanata’s Bridlewood neighbourhood. 100 per cent owned by Ottawa residents through OREC, this 190 kilowatt installation is expected to generate $120,000 in revenues to the school and will produce nearly 260,000 kilowatt hours per year over the course of the system’s 20-year Feed-In Tariff (FIT) contract. The project will provide unique educational opportunities to students and members of the community about the benefits of green, renewable energy.

“Ottawa now has solar panels installed on 1,000 rooftops in every corner of the city,” said Mayor Jim Watson, who was in attendance to mark the occasion. “This is a monumental achievement for the city, and it shows a genuine desire on behalf of the entire community to move to a more sustainable, clean energy future.”

“We have shown that community ownership is possible and viable in Ottawa and we will continue to increase the accessibility and awareness of sustainable energy technologies throughout the city,” added OREC president Dick Bakker. “This project shows that change is happening in our own backyard and that many citizens are participating in the energy transition.”

Chris Henderson – head of 1,000 Solar Rooftops – expressed, “Achieving our goal of 1,000 solar rooftops in Ottawa demonstrates how Ottawa residents are stepping up to finance solar power on their homes and invest in clean energy through community efforts, notably OREC. Kudos to local solar power companies providing renewable energy solutions”.

At a total cost of $745,000, the Maurice Lapointe project is entirely financed by Ottawa residents through OREC’s community-based business model and was installed by Ottawa solar company iSolara Solar Power. It is expected to begin generating power from the Sun within the next weeks, earning guaranteed annual revenue for a fixed contract term under Ontario’s FIT program.


Janice Ashworth, Operations Manager, OREC