The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc has many goals and objectives for conserving and otherwise reducing energy consumption and managing our demand for energy. We are driven to improve the energy efficiency of our buildings and operations due to rising fuel costs, energy security and environmental concerns. We have developed a plan to reduce energy consumption by 5 percent by the year 2020 using 2012 energy consumption data as a baseline (see data below). Reports are submitted two years following data collection to allow time for review and study.
The Energy Conservation & Demand Management Plan was approved for implementation by Strathroy-Caradoc Council at the July 7, 2014 meeting.
In the summer of 2016, Strathroy-Caradoc Council was presented with a report detailing the many initiatives underway to both reduce energy consumption and create new green energy sources. View that report here.
|Energy Consumption & Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reports|
2013 (Excel Spreadsheet)
2012 (Excel Spreadsheet)
2011 (Excel Spreadsheet)
Ontario Regulation 397/11 made under the Green Energy Act, 2009, requires every public agency to prepare, publish and make available to the public, and implement energy conservation and demand management plans.
A summary of the public agency's annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions for its operations must also be prepared and made available to the public. Also required is a description of previous, current and proposed measures for conserving and otherwise reducing the amount of energy consumed by the public agency's operation and for managing the public agency's demand for energy, including a forecast of the expected results of current and proposed measures.
The Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc is prescribed as a public agency and therefore is required to record the annual energy consumption in our facilities. As well, the Municipality has produced this report stating our goals for conserving and reducing energy, proposed energy conservation measures including estimated costs and savings, and a description of renewable energy generation facilities and the amount of energy produced.
In 2013, the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc undertook the installation of rooftop solar microFIT systems on municipal facilities.
After an extensive selection process, the municipality engaged EfstonScience of Toronto to install high-efficiency photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on 13 rooftops. Locations generating solar energy and income include the Caradoc Works Yard, Strathroy Fire Station, Mount Brydges Fire Station, Strathroy Library, West Middlesex Memorial Centre, Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service, Environmental Services/Entegrus, Tri-Township Arena, Town Hall, Strathroy Works Yard, Pump Station, Caradoc Community Centre, and the Strathroy and Area Seniors Centre.
The project is expected to generate as much as $80,000 a year in revenue for the municipality through the Ontario Power Authority's MicroFIT program. The $430,500 cost to install the panels is being financed through a 10-year debenture, with power generation revenues expected to cover the annual loan payments and provide a modest revenue of approximately $20,000 for year for the duration of the loan payment. After the ten years, the municipality will realize the full amount of the anticipated $80,000 of energy value each year.
"As with most municipalities, we are always challenged to find alternative and innovative sources of revenue to sustain our operations," said Mayor Vanderheyden. "The rooftop solar project presents an opportunity to generate income while showcasing the efforts of the municipality to demonstrate leadership in green energy and efficiency in the use of our resources."
The 520 panels, made in Ontario by Canadian Solar Inc., are each capable of generating 137,000 kilowatt hours annually - enough to together power 13-15 average homes - and require no maintenance or after-sale service.
EftonScience has established online monitoring capability for each facility that provides an up-to-the-minute snapshot of how much electricity is being generated and fed into the grid, as well as the income the municipality will earn as a result.