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August 21, 2006
Media Advisory - Largest photovoltaic installation in Canada to open in Toronto
On Tuesday, August 22, Exhibition Place will unveil its photovoltaic installation on the rooftop of the Horse Palace. This 100 kilowatt pilot project is the largest in Canada, and was made possible with funding from the City of Toronto’s Better Buildings Partnership, the Toronto Atmospheric Fund and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund. It is part of Exhibition Place’s plan to become energy self-sufficient by 2010.

This installation will reduce electricity consumption by 120,000 kilowatt hours and greenhouse gas emissions by 115 tonnes annually, saving Exhibition Place about $10,000 per year in hydro costs. After the pilot testing phase is completed, Exhibition Place intends to build a system that is 1.5 to 2 megawatts in size. A tour of the rooftop solar panels and equipment will follow the launch.

Date: Tuesday, August 22
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: West Section of Direct Energy Centre’s Heritage Court, Exhibition Place (in front of the Ricoh Coliseum entrance)

Speakers include:
  • The Honourable Bev Oda, MP (Durham)
  • Dianne Young, CEO, Exhibition Place
  • Councillor Pam McConnell, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Deputy Mayor Sandra Bussin, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
  • Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Chair, Board of Governors, Exhibition Place

    Media contacts:

    Samantha Fisher
    City of Toronto

    Dianne Young
    General Manager and CEO
    Exhibition Place



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