Arise Technologies has received contracts to provide eleven Ontario school boards with specialized solar systems as part of the Ontario Green Schools Pilot Initiative.
Under the terms of the contracts, Arise will provide a total of 110kW of solar rooftop power. Each of the eleven school boards will receive a 10kW system in addition to a solar specific curriculum and specialized software and tools, including a real-time live learning portal. The Arise PV systems used for the projects will also meet all Ontario content requirements as outlined under the Ontario feed-in tariff (FiT) program.
“Arise is very proud to have been selected by these Ontario school boards to support this unique and progressive project, under the Ontario Green Schools Pilot Initiative,” said Vern Heinrichs, president and CEO of Arise. “These are important contracts for our systems division. We are particularly pleased to partner with the schools and to assist in informing and engaging students about solar energy. As adoption of the Ontario government’s FiT program gains traction, we expect to see widespread adoption across all segments.”
The Green Schools Pilot initiative is a two-year pilot project that aims to provide school boards with the ability to purchase, test and showcase new and innovative green products and technologies. The school boards are required to report quarterly on specific performance metrics to assess the environmental and operational impacts of the pilot technology.
The scheme is led and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education, with support from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation. Installation is expected to be complete by the end of August 2010.