The project, unveiled late last month, can supply the city with up to 600 kilowatts (kW) of solar energy, equivalent to the power used by 100 homes. The installation is part of an effort to rehabilitate 45 acres of industrial land, including a 300,000-square-foot building constructed to LEED Silver standards. Called the Kitchner Operations Facility, it will house 500 city staff, vehicles and equipment and multiple municipal services when completed and fully in use later this year.
The Canadian, Ontario and Kitchener governments have committed a total of $1.37 million towards the rooftop project, with the eligible cost of the roof project around $4.1 million. Costs for the entire facility are around $14 million, with the country, state and city government contributing a total of $4.7 towards the eligible improvements. Federal funding for these projects come from Government of Canada‘s $4-billion Infrastructure Stimulus Fund.
The Kitchener facility is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan and will streamline service delivery while lowering the city’s ecological footprint and re-use existing industrial buildings. Over the last couple months, in accordance with the Action Plan, Ontario has has an increase of 38,000 jobs and unemployment has declined to 7.9 percent, according to the government.