In the cold depths of winter a small group of hardy Wintergreen Co-op members were able to get a sneak preview visit of the Co-op’s first solar project on Abbey Dawn Road in eastern Kingston. The construction company, Evergreen Power Ltd. gave a tour of the construction site to Wintergreen Co-op President, David Hahn, and several key member volunteers. Mike Brigham, President of of SolarShare Co-op, several SolarShare staff members were also present. Not only is this our first local project, but it is also the first project in Canada to use the Morgan tracking system — the panels will follow the sun, maximizing the efficiency of the entire system.
The collaboration between Wintergreen and SolarShare is now producing on-the-ground results in Kingston, with two projects under construction. In addition to the Abbey Dawn Road Project, the Unity Road project is also under construction this winter. The fourth company involved in this collaboration is Endura Energy. They did the design of the build.
Of the two projects, the Abbey Dawn Project is furthest along. It is about 6 acres in size, 600 kW DC (500 kW AC). Morgan Solar tracking technology is being installed for the first time in Canada, Morgan is an Ontario company and has developed an efficient dual axis tracking system for relatively quick installation.
Evergreen has been working on installing this project for about 4 weeks. Most of the racks are installed now and it is hoped that the panels will be installed by the end of February. The Wintergreen Board is planning an official opening celebration, which will happen when the project is completed. Stay tuned for further information.