SunEdison, the solar energy subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., announced that it will develop industrial rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in collaboration with Purolator Inc.
Under the terms of the agreement, SunEdison will deploy, operate and maintain approximately 1.14 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic solar energy systems over five buildings, with future opportunities for another 1.2 MW distributed over an additional six buildings. The projects will be hosted at Purolator-owned facilities, and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) will purchase the energy produced under the terms of Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT).
“This program is an important element of our sustainability efforts at Purolator,” said Jim McLellan, Director, Real Estate, Purolator. “We are continually exploring new technologies and implementing ways to increase energy efficiency and decrease emissions. The SunEdison solution creates a triple benefit: the revenue generated from the program assists with investments in future capabilities, it produces clean energy by harnessing the power of the sun and it creates green jobs for Ontario.”
The Purolator projects will be located throughout Ontario, including Etobicoke, Ottawa, Hamilton and Pickering. Over 20 years, the systems are expected to generate more than 22.4 million kWh of clean energy and are estimated to offset more than 4.67 million kilograms of CO2 into the atmosphere, which is the equivalent of removing more than 1,000 cars from the road for one year.
“We are proud to be working with a Canadian success story such as Purolator to advance their sustainability initiatives,” said Jason Gray, Vice President and General Manager for SunEdison Canada. “Not only will these projects produce green energy and contribute to a cleaner environment, they will also utilize locally produced solar equipment, which supports the creation of tangible jobs in our communities.”