The City has mandated the installation of renewable energy systems on all City buildings, where feasible, by 2020. Over the past 20 years, more than 50 renewable energy systems have been installed on City buildings and properties.
Renewable Energy Policy for City Buildings
In 2013, City Council adopted a requirement for all new City-owned buildings to generate at least five per cent of the energy used from renewable technologies. Using solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, geothermal, and biomass, supports the City’s environmental, energy security, and economic goals.
In 2012, in partnership with Toronto Hydro, the City launched the first phase of a program that will see City-owned buildings outfitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.
The first phase of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was completed in June 2014 and the second phase was completed in 2016, resulting in 20 Solar PV rooftop systems operating on City facilities, totaling 2.5 MW of installed capacity.
On an annual basis, Phases 1 and 2 combined:
- reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 147 tonnes
- generate over 3,300 megawatt (MWh) of electricity, equivalent to the use of about 280 households
In total, over the past 20 years, the City has generated approximately $34 million in revenue by feeding electricity into Toronto’s grid.
In October of 2016, the City commenced the third phase of the FIT program, which will result in the installation of over 40 Solar PV rooftop systems on City facilities totaling 6.0 MW of installed capacity. These installations will generate approximately 7,800 MWh of electricity annually – roughly equivalent to the consumption of 350 households – and will reduce approximately 353 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
In 2013, the City launched the first phase of a MicroFIT program which will install solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on smaller City-owned buildings.
To date, 20 PV arrays have been installed, generating approximately 200 megawatt hours (MWH) of electricity annually, and reducing approximately nine tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
The energy from these systems will be fed into Toronto Hydro’s electrical grid, generating approximately $1,560,000 in revenue for the City over 20 years, and helping to increase the security of Toronto’s electricity supply.
Going forward, an additional 17 MicroFIT PV systems will be installed, producing 200 megawatt hours of electricity annually. These systems will generate approximately $1,160,000 in revenue for the City over 20 years.