Solar energy in Guelph

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.

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3 Comments on “Solar energy in Guelph”

  1. Robert Routledge Says:

    Are these projects all supporting local businesses? I hope that the city has taken this significant opportunity to find ways for local suppliers, PV companies, etc. to generate revenue. Let’s create Guelph businesses, not just Guelph roofs, as solar industry leaders!

  2. kfarbridge Says:

    A Solar Cluster of Guelph-based businesses has been growing quickly. You can learn more about this cluster through Innovation Guelph.

  3. Robert Routledge Says:

    Thank you! I hope that as the city grows into a solar leader that it supports Guelph Business and not just big business!

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