The city of Mississauga, Ontario, will launch its first renewable energy project with the installation of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the Hershey Centre.
‘We looked at several renewable energy options, such as photovoltaic and wind turbines for electricity generation, solar water heating, solar ventilation air heating and combinations of technologies,’ says Rajan Balchandani, manager at Mississauga's Facilities & Property Management division. ‘The city's Energy Management team and Enersource Hydro Mississauga determined that a solar photovoltaic power generation system was the best option because of its low maintenance costs, which are about $1,000 per year.’
The PV panels will generate 25 to 30 kW of electricity, which will be sold to the Ontario grid – generating revenue of approximately $12,500 per year. The project, which will be funded by the City of Mississauga and Enersource Hydro Mississauga, is scheduled to be complete by September.