OREC is looking for new projects as we work to apply for new FIT 5 contracts.
Do you own a 6-8 acre parcel of marginal farmland, or
Do you have a building with at least 10,000 ft2 of roof space?
AND… Is it located within one of these four city or counties?
- City of Ottawa (boundary map)
- Renfrew County (boundary map)
- United Counties of Leeds and Grenville (boundary map)
- United Counties of Prescott and Russell (boundary map)
If you meet the criteria above, you could be the host site of our next community-owned solar power project.
Can the grid take on new generation?
There are limitations to building new community-owned projects that are outside of our control. One of them is grid capacity; can the new generation be accepted by the grid. The first thing to look for is the power lines that are adjacent to your property. It is important to have a three phase line very close to your property. You can tell if it is three phase if it has three wires running along the top rather than just one. Like this or this.
What’s in it for property owners?
As the landowner, you could receive a lease rate that is typically 5% of revenue paid annually for a 20 year period. Landowners can also earn solid returns by joining OREC and investing in new and existing projects. OREC does not require lessors to be members of the co-op nor do they need to invest in the project if the co-op is to be sole owners of the project.
I’m interested, what now?
Let’s go over the process a little more in detail. If want to support OREC by having us build a new community-owned project, we would start with a phone conversation to discuss the requirements in greater detail. A lease would be negotiated and signed and OREC would proceed with a FIT application by October 2016. If we are awarded a FIT contract, we will have roughly three years to build the project.
Please use the form below to get in touch with OREC’s General Manager: Janice Ashworth. Janice can also be reached by email or by phone at 613-296-8232.