Press Release

Ottawa, ON, May 24, 2019 – Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation, in partnership with the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-op (OREC) is proud to announce the launch of a new community-owned 200-kW solar project. Beginning on May 24, 2019, the Canada Science and Technology Museum, one of three museums under Ingenium, will begin consuming solar energy generated on its own roof, representing  the first solar project outside of the Feed In Tariff era between a renewable energy co-operative and a building owner.

The Canada Science and Technology Museum celebrates Canadian ingenuity that reflects the reality of Canada’s incredible research and discoveries in science, technology, engineering, art, and math – and will now be home to an innovative project of its own.

Re-opened in November of 2017, the renewed building was designed to support the installation of the solar project, which is expected to produce 254,000 kWh of clean energy every year for the next 30 years through this solar power system. This system will allow the Museum to consume all that is produced on its roof, in additional to any excess energy being fed into the grid.

The project represents one of the many ways Ingenium is continuing to identify and implement cost-effective and innovative solutions to generate low carbon electricity and reduce their environmental impact across all sites, all while furthering energy and climate change literacy amongst Canadians through the Let’s Talk Energy initiative.

The project was made possible through the innovative community-finance model employed by the Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, who financed and developed the project. OREC will be leasing the solar equipment to the Canadian Museum of Science and Technology at a rate based upon the amount of energy produced by the project.

OREC’s membership, made up of over 760 individuals in Eastern Ontario, have financed and own 20 other solar projects around the region. This project is also a first of its kind for the Co-operative, who until now have operated within the government procurement program in Ontario.

Quotes

“We have been working towards a project like this for many years, and are thrilled to have found a partner with Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative, who share in our dedication to putting renewable energy into action as we work towards greening the environment.”

~ Fernand Proulx, Chief Operating Offer, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Technology

“Projects like this are the future of solar in Ontario. We at the Co-op are thrilled to be partnering with the Canada Science and Technology Museum, who could not be more appropriate partners for our first project involving net metering. We are excited to see more projects like this drive the renewable energy transition in this region.”

~ Janice Ashworth, General Manager, Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative