Exhibition Place Wind Turbine
A joint venture of Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. and WindShare (a community based co-operative), the 750 kilowatt wind turbine is the first such device erected in the City of Toronto - and the first in an urban setting in North America.
The lakeshore wind turbine key numbers:
- operational since 2003
- generates up to 1,400 megawatt hours of power a year, enough for 250 homes
More information is available from Toronto Hydro and WindShare.
Solar Power at Exhibition Place
Exhibition Place is now home to Canada's largest single solar photovoltaic installation. The 100 kilowatt pilot project, is part of a series of innovative energy projects designed to make Exhibition Place energy self-sufficient by 2010. The pilot project will be tested and the performance data will be used for future solar installations.
Solar pilot project key numbers:
- generates roughly 120,000 kWh of electricity annually, enough for 35 homes
- reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 115 tonnes annually
The Toronto Atmospheric Fund provided start-up funding for both the solar and wind turbine projects and will continue to work with Exhibition Place on future projects.
More details are available from the Energy Efficiency Office at 416-392-1500.
The Toronto Solar Neighbourhood Initiative
The Toronto Solar Neighbourhood Initiative will be launching in South Riverdale in 2008. The program will offer financial incentives for solar hot water installations on homes in Ward 30 - Toronto-Danforth. Residents will also get assistance with identifying other opportunities to save energy and reduce their home energy bills.
Learn more about the Toronto Solar Neighbourhood Initiative from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund.
The Toronto Atmospheric Fund's SolarCity program promotes the use of solar thermal and photovoltaic generation equipment on city and community-owned facilities and residences. Solar power can displace emissions from fossil fuels used for electricity generation or heating, especially during periods of peak summer energy demand when air quality may also be at its worst.
A key part of the SolarCity program is the promotion of solar hot water heaters in Toronto neighbourhoods, through the Toronto Solar Neighbourhood Initiative.
The Toronto Atmospheric Fund has also provided grants to a variety of other organizations in support of local solar development.
Workshops on Renewable Energy
You can discover how to generate electricity using reliable solar and wind energy at hands-on workshops at Toronto and Region Conservation's Kortright Centre. The workshops are held in the Energy Cottage - itself powered by solar and wind energy.
More information is available from Toronto and Region Conservation, 416-667-6295.