Monday, May 6, 2013
OTTAWA — The Ottawa Renewable Energy Co-operative (OREC) unveiled two new solar installations on the rooftops of local non-profit housing facilities in Overbrook on Thursday evening. The installations were made possible through investments from over 160 Ottawa residents who are members of OREC. The solar panels will produce green power for the Overbrook neighbourhood and will provide a 20-year revenue stream to the Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO), which owns the two project sites, at Presland Road and Lola Street. In addition to panels for electricity production, both sites also have solar thermal hot water systems installed, and thus generate and use more solar power than most other non-profit housing sites in the province.
At the unveiling, residents of the buildings, members of OREC, and members of the OverbrookCommunity Association toured the two solar systems. Each of the two rooftop systems has the capacity to produce 10 kilowatts of electricity per hour when the sun is shining. Over the year, each is expected to produce over 12,000 kilowatt hours of electricity.
“It was an honour working with OREC for the Presland solar PV [photovoltaic] project,” said Chad Meda, co-ordinator with LSM Services, who manages the two housing facilities on behalf of OCISO Non-profit Housing.
OREC has 3 other projects around the city on the roofs of housing co-operatives, and one on the roof of a storage facility. OREC’s next shareholder offering, which allows members the opportunity to invest in the next round of projects, is expected this summer. Membership in OREC is open to any resident of Ottawa.
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:
Janice Ashworth, Operations Manager. janice.ashworth [at] OttawaRenewableEnergyCoop [dot] ca,613-748-3001 x.240 (office), or 613-296-8232 (cell)
Chad Meda, Co-ordinator, LSM Services. chad [at] lsmservices [dot] ca, 613-294-6667 (cell)