November 12, 2014
County of Oxford expands microFIT project at three new locations
As part of ongoing microFIT project, 10 kilowatt solar panels were installed at three County of Oxford facility buildings
This morning, the County of Oxford announced the expansion of the ongoing microFIT project to three new locations at County facility buildings. Each location will have a 10 kilowatt solar panel installed that will reduce carbon emissions by approximately 10 tonnes per year, which equals roughly one acre of trees, and generate approximately 13 megawatts of power.
The County plans to reduce carbon emissions by 10% by 2019 as a goal set out in the ongoing Energy Management Plan released in June 2014. Construction started July 2014 on three County of Oxford buildings to install 10 kilowatt solar panels as a part of the County’s ongoing 20 year commitment that oversees the installation of solar panels at County facilities to reduce carbon emissions and supply solar generated electricity.
Don McKay, Warden, County of Oxford
“Creating a sustainable future for Oxford is an important part of building a community that our future generations can enjoy. The microFIT project shows how making small adjustments can have big impacts in our own community. ”
Peter Crockett, Chief Administrative Officer, County of Oxford
“The County of Oxford is honoured to announce the growth of this project. In partnership with the microFIT program, this project focuses on creating renewable energy sources in the County and supports both the financial and environmental aspects of sustainability in our community.”
Rob Walton, Director of Public Works, County of Oxford
“The expansion of the microFIT project with three new solar panel sites is an exciting step toward creating environmental sustainability. In our Energy Management Plan we outlined a need to reduce our carbon emissions, and in creating renewable solar energy we’ve taken the first step to achieve this goal.”
- The Energy Management Plan was released in June 2014 and fulfils the County’s monitoring and reporting requirements under the Green Energy Act. The intent of the plan is to reduce the County’s overall carbon footprint, reduce operation costs, reduce supply risks by reducing energy use, and provide accountability to the residents of Oxford County.
- The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The program provides homeowners and other eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts (kW) or less in size) on their property