Énergie Ottawa et la Ville d’Ottawa annoncent le lancement d’une nouvelle initiative portant sur les installations solaires

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Ville d’Ottawa/Hydro Ottawa

En compagnie du maire Jim Watson, Énergie Ottawa, filiale d’Hydro Ottawa, a annoncé aujourd’hui son projet d’installations solaires sur toit en collaboration avec la Ville d’Ottawa. Le Centre récréatif Jim-Durrell fait l’objet de l’un des huit projets d’installations solaires à grande échelle prévues sur le toit de bâtiments municipaux, notamment des arénas, des piscines et des garages municipaux. Grâce à ces installations, la Ville accroîtra sa production d’énergie renouvelable tout en réduisant ses émissions de gaz à effet de serre de 41 382 tonnes métriques sur une période de 20 ans.

Par suite du succès remporté par un projet pilote réalisé en 2010, qui portait sur des installations solaires à petite échelle aménagées sur le toit de l’hôtel de ville d’Ottawa et celui du Centre de contrôle intégré du transport en commun, situé sur le chemin Belfast, Énergie Ottawa et la Ville d’Ottawa ont conclu une entente prévoyant la production d’énergie solaire.

Lorsque les huit projets auront été réalisés, les installations solaires devraient produire près de 3 000 000 kWh/an, ce qui équivaut à retirer plus de 300 habitations du réseau d’électricité chaque année.

Faits en bref

  • Énergie Ottawa, principal producteur d’énergie verte appartenant à une municipalité en Ontario, produit assez d’énergie verte pour alimenter 62 000 habitations pendant un an.
  • Les installations qui produisent de l’énergie solaire font appel à des cellules photovoltaïques convertissant l’énergie du Soleil directement en un flux d’électrons afin de produire de l’électricité pour les consommateurs.
  • La Ville d’Ottawa devrait engranger environ 85 000 $ par an, soit 1,7 million sur la période de 20 ans couverte par le contrat. II s’agit de nouveaux revenus générés en utilisant le toit de bâtiments, qui serait autrement inutilisé.
  • Selon les estimations, l’installation photovoltaïque de 250 kW qui sera aménagée sur le toit du Centre récréatif Jim-Durrell devrait produire 328 465 kWh/an (ce qui équivaut à retirer plus de 30 habitations du réseau d’électricité chaque année).
  • Sept autres bâtiments municipaux sont visés par cette initiative :
    • Complexe récréatif Ray-Friel – chemin Tenth Line
    • Complexe récréatif Kanata – place Charlie-Rogers
    • Centre sportif Walter-Baker – promenade Malvern
    • Centre récréatif François-Dupuis – boulevard Portobello
    • Garage de travaux publics – chemin Conroy
    • Garage des bus articulés – avenue Industrial
    • Garage de l’atelier – chemin Iber

Energy Doors open deemed a success

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By Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa Community News

The city’s residents had a bit of an electric buzz about them during this year’s Energy Doors Open event.

The Green Energy Doors Open was held across the city and region from Sept. 9 through to Sept. 11. According to the organizers, more than 1000 people coming through the doors of the Energy Showcase and some of the host sits reported as many as 200 visitors stopping by.

Organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the second annual weekend-long event is aimed at showcasing green energy initiatives and technology to help every day people make energy efficient choices.

A year-round communications campaign by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the province-wide event is held every year in the fall to showcase individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko said the weekend-long event went really well, including a boat cruise along the Rideau Canal the councillor held on Sept. 10.

“I’ve made a point of having capital ward walks and they are ways of inviting residents to come out and see something and talk about it,” Chernushenko said.

“Sometimes it can be a celebration, sometimes it can be about how we can fix it.

"But I’ve never had a boat ride. And with the canal running right through my ward, I wanted to do that and thought it would make a great innovative way to meet with residents for my next series. And it went really well.”

Chernushenko added residents had an opportunity to learn about green energy while on an electric boat as well as have the opportunity to talk about issues concerning the neighbourhoods on both sides of the canal.

Ottawa celebrated it’s sophomore year and this year the event’s main showcase took place in the Glebe, at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building and featured sustainable energy businesses and products from the region as well as offer people a chance check out electric vehicles and meet their owners.

Green day: Ottawa builders and researchers showcase energy-efficient projects

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An Urbandale/Carleton U test house for energy efficiency. BRUNO SCHLUMBERGER

Joanne Laucius, Ottawa Citizen

Architect Mark Rosen is hoping that hundreds of strangers will tromp through his beautiful new “passive urban” house this weekend.

The “Wander House,” designed by Rosen for an infill lot on Bayswater Drive, was completed only a few days ago. It’s one of the buildings open to the public this weekend in the Ottawa Green Energy Doors Open.

The 1,600-square-foot house, which Rosen of PLOTNOTPLOT Architecture shares with his wife Meghan and two daughters, is one of only a handful in Canada built to the international PassivHaus standard. It has super-insulated walls, ceilings and floors, a shallow geo-thermal ground loop, a grey-water-ready plumbing system, a high-efficiency ventilation system and a heat pump water tank.

“We wanted to really share the knowledge and the experience of building the home,” says Rosen. “We wanted to show it’s not just a fancy science project. It’s also a very beautiful house.”

The houses uses 85 per cent less energy for heating than a standard new house. Passive solar heat and recovering heat that would otherwise escape plays a role in keeping it warm in winter. After all of the technologies and building techniques are taken into account, it will take an electric heater about the size of two toaster ovens to heat the house on even the coldest nights. Living in the Wander House is what heats it, says Rosen.

Ottawa Green Energy Doors Open will showcase almost 30 other buildings, projects and exhibitions including Net Zero and homes all over Ottawa and as far away as Merrickville, Braeside, Manotick and Chelsea, as well as the Glebe home of Coun. David Chernushenko, who hangs clothes outdoors, uses an on-demand water heater and an electric bike and equipped his house with 19 solar panels.  (For a full list of events and locations, visit www.ottawagedo.org)

Local green energy businesses, homes open doors

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Green Energy Doors Open hosts events across city and region

By Michelle Nash Baker, Ottawa Community News

An event scheduled at Lansdowne Park aims to be the most efficient in history.

The Green Energy Doors Open will be held across the city and region from Sept. 9 through to Sept. 11. Organized by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the second annual weekend-long event is aimed at showcasing green energy initiatives and technology to help every day people make energy efficient choices.

A year-round communications campaign by the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the province-wide event is held every year in the fall to showcase individual, community and commercial sustainable energy projects.

Ottawa is celebrating it’s sophomore year and this year the event’s main showcase will take place in the Glebe, at Lansdowne Park in the Horticulture Building, and will feature sustainable energy businesses and products from the region as well as offer people a chance to check out electric vehicles and meet their owners.

Capital Coun. David Chernushenko is this year’s honorary chairman of the event and will not only be representing the organization, but also sharing tips to help make greener, more environmentally-friendly choices for operating an energy-efficient home.

“From the outset, they asked me based on my background, they wanted me to be involved,” Chernushenko said.

The councillor is well-known for his green initiatives and goals. On Sept. 11 he will be standing outside his home in Old Ottawa South, handing out flyers and discussing what he and his wife have done to their home to make it more efficient.

“It's not just putting solar panels on your roof – it's about the basics. What can I do to, what efforts can I take to look at ways at tweaking the energy consumption,” he said.

Chernushenko said he tends to stay on top of the time-of-use pricing with the family’s hydro.

“There is no perfect house,” he said. “I’m always looking at ways to make the changes, and little steps.”

The councillor added staying on top of things such as weather stripping, and turning off appliances and small electronics – even the house’s wifi modem – can make the small changes needed to reduce energy consumption.

As for the event, Chernushenko said he is looking forward to the showcase at Lansdowne, which last year was held at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. He thinks that the prime, central location will gain the interest of passersby.

“There might be a lot of accidental stops,” he said, adding people who might not know it’s taking place could in turn learn a few easy, interesting facts and steps about green energy.

Ottawa Green Energy Doors Open will officially begin on Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Energy Showcase where Chernushenko, will share a few words alongside Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa-Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.

The weekend of events offers a lot of variety and promises a family-friendly atmosphere.

Events across the city include:

  • Energy showcase at Lansdowne Park
  • Electric vehicle exhibition in Aberdeen Square
  • House tours across the city, visit ottawagedo.org/host-locations.html for full list
  • Boat tours on Ottawa Boat Cruises - 100% Electric Boat – Chernushenko is hosting a ward cruise, on the boat for Sept. 10. Spaces are filled, but he said he will be filming the cruise and posting it to his website for those who will be missing out.
  • Business tours including the offices of Robertson Martin Architects, 216 Pretoria Ave., Rimikon LED Lights and Lightenco, 1275 Leeds Ave.
  • A bike tour – starting at Centretown Citizens Ottawa Corporation, 464 Metcalfe Street

A full list of the events can be found at OttawaGEDO.org.