Commissioning of First Phase of the Largest
On January 15, 2014, OYA Solar Inc. announced the commissioning of its largest project with Atlas Tube. OYA Solar in conjunction with Atlas Tube has developed Canada’s largest rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) plant.
The 718.08 kW solar plant, which spans over nearly 11,150 m2 of roof top space (7 hockey rinks), is located at Atlas Tube, a division of JMC Steel Group located in Harrow, Ontario and is the first phase of a planned 3.5 MW rooftop project. Currently, the rooftop solar installation in Canada, will supply enough electricity to power 60 homes for a whole year, with an annual power output of 897,128 kWh. The plant will offset over 400 t of greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of planting over 25,000 trees. The project features 2,244 solar modules and over 27 t of steel tubing supplied by Atlas Tube and Polar Racking’s rooftop ballasted mounting system.
“This solar PV plant is a testament to JMC Steel’s continued corporate leadership and environmental stewardship. It showcases how traditionally energy intensive industries can make sustainable choices for their energy consumption and still benefit the bottom line. OYA Solar takes pride in our ability to engineer, deploy and finance large-scale solar solutions for our clients. We foresee the market for rooftop solar growing significantly across North America as commercial and industrial clients see the economic and environmental benefits of moving towards sustainable energy solutions,” said Manish Nayar, managing partner of OYA Solar.
In addition to the announcement, Polar Racking, one of OYA Solar’s sister companies, continues to forge its strategic alliance with Atlas Tube. It has incorporated Atlas’ steel tube to manufacture its second generation of ground mount racking systems which was presented at Intersolar North America 2013. Steel tube provides Polar with competitive cost, greater strength and structural rigidity over the use of aluminum as well as other benefits in solar applications.
In 2013 Ontario was the second largest market for Solar PV installations in North America. The industry has seen its ups and downs during the past year but OYA Solar continues to grow and play a leadership role in spurring North America’s solar PV growth.
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