There’s a lot happening with Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative. I’ve decided to start posting regularly about the CEI, to keep readers up to date on key developments.
I thought I’d start with our remarkable progress when it comes to solar energy. A few highlights:
- Dublin St. United Church, Harcourt United Church, and Unitarian Congregation of Guelph have all completed solar energy installations. Read about it in the Guelph Mercury.
- The City of Guelph has submitted Feed-In-Tariff applications to the Ontario Power Authority for rooftop solar systems on 16 of our municipal facilities. These projects will generate over 1 Megawatt of solar energy, enough to power 350 homes.
- Other Guelph organizations, businesses, and homeowners are jumping on board with solar projects of their own. Guelph Hydro reports more than 250 Feed-In-Tariff applications have been submitted to date.
This is just a sampling of how our Community Energy goals are being realized. Across the community, renewable energy projects are underway that, when completed, will bring us to almost 50% of our 2031 targets for local green and clean energy generation. That means less greenhouse gas emissions and a reliable, sustainable energy future.