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London: “We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers.”

The city is moving ahead as quickly as possible to get a solar panel pilot project started on public buildings.

The city’s investment and economic prosperity committee will on Monday ask an outside company, Ameresco Canada, to put together a plan that will give green energy companies a framework to bid on solar panel projects.

In July, London-based solar energy company German Solar Corp. told the committee they were ready to mount panels on 10 city rooftops as part of a pilot project.

The project would create 337 jobs in eight years, 219 skilled-labour jobs and 108 operations and maintenance positions in 20 years, the company president predicted.

Another 1,200 jobs would be created indirectly, the company said.

“We’ve had two or three companies that are interested in putting panels on public property,” said Joe Swan, chair of the investment and economic prosperity committee.

“We need to come up with a licensing fee to lease the space, figure out the cost of installation and the return on investment.

“The marketplace is ready to implement these and the city hasn’t developed a framework.”

Ameresco Canada will develop the framework so the project gets off the ground, Swan said.

“This got support from council to move as quickly as possible,” Swan said.

“We need to have pilot projects up and running. We want to be leaders, not followers, in this.”

Source: The London Free Press


September 9, 2012 at 5:38 pm Leave a comment

An Electrified Parkhill Dam in Cambridge

Parkhill Dam with the old Riverbank Mill in the background.

Parkhill Dam can generate about $1 million a year in electricity, but it could take five years to get all the approvals in place to build a dynamo there.

he idea of building a power house at the west end of the dam has been kicked around for years, including a formal feasibility study was done in 1999 by the Grand River Conservation Authority and Cambidge-North Dumfries Hydro. It didn’t make financial sense then, but provincial electricity pricing contracts announced in October have changed the power play.

“Construction would cost about $4.8 million, so it’s a five-to-seven year payback period. It’s a nice payback period,” said Joe Farwell, the authority’s engineer and assistant chief administrative officer.

The dam was built in 1837 just north of Queen Street—now Parkhill Road—to store water that was later released down a Mill Race channel to power grist, flour and woollen mills along the east bank of the river. The original mill stills stands today at Parkhill and Water Street.

Other water-powered factories that lined the river are now gone, replaced with flood walls, earthen berms and Mill Race Park.

The authority already runs electrical generating stations at three dams upstream of Parkhill dam, generating $450,000 a year in revenue from electricity sales.

A Parkhill dynamo would double the power generated by the conservation authority. But because of sweeter provincial power purchase prices approved in October, it would triple the annual revenue.


January 22, 2010 at 1:20 am Leave a comment

Peaksaver Neighbourhood Challenge

Wednesday, October 9th, 2009: (From left to right) Hydro presidents Rene Gatien, Waterloo North Hydro Inc., Art Stokman, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., John Grotheer, Cambridge and North Dumfries Hydro Inc. and Jerry Van Ooteghem, Kitchener-Wilmot Hydro Inc. plant the first tree of the peaksaver Neighbourhood Challenge at Radcliffe Park in Kitchener. 30 more trees are to be planted in Kitchener, 13 in Waterloo and 9 in both Cambridge and Guelph in the coming weeks!

More than 770 area residents enrolled in the peaksaver program during the challenge. As a result, 70 trees will be planted in 25 communities around Waterloo Region and the City of Guelph on behalf of the four local hydro distribution companies, who issued a challenge to local residents to reduce their energy demand this past summer.

The peaksaver Neighbourhood Challenge began on July 15. It encouraged local residents to install a free peaksaver thermostat that cycles down a home’s central air conditioning for short periods during times of peak energy demand. For every 10 installations that occurred within a ward, the peaksaver Neighbourhood Challenge committed to planting a tree.

As well, all residents who enrolled were entered into a draw for a $500 gift card to a local bike shop on behalf of their hydro distribution company.

Residents can still register for the peaksaver program by contacting their local hydro distribution company.

Source(s): & PeaksaverNeighbourhoodChallenge

November 7, 2009 at 1:23 pm Leave a comment

Getting Down and Dirty

Regional councillors discussed the good, bad and ugly at a meeting Tuesday.

They winced when told that communities up and down the Grand River spilled raw or partly-treated sewage into the watershed 136 times between 2002 and 2006. Regional facilities were responsible for 42 of these polluting events.

To improve sewage treatment, council plans to spend $29 million on a centrifuge to spin wet sludge around and around in Kitchener. This will help dry it out.

Sewage sludge, called cake, is more compact when dry, and easier to store. Fewer trucks will be needed to haul it to fields where it’s spread as fertilizer. It will also be easier to dump in the local landfill, which the region may start doing.

“It’s not a very sexy project, but a very necessary project,” said Coun. Jim Wideman, of Kitchener.

A similar centrifuge dries sludge in the Galt area of Cambridge. There’s one planned in Waterloo as well.

Why not install a biomass boiler instead of trucking this perfectly good biomass to a landfill?

Why not install a biomass boiler instead of trucking this perfectly good biomass to a landfill?


October 8, 2009 at 1:33 am Leave a comment

A Call to Design: Dunbar Collective

Dunbar Collective: Site Location

Dunbar Collective: Site Location

I want to ask you the readers if you have a design solution for this location?

I want to create a green technology showcase property for City of Cambridge and hopefully this can be a catalyst project for the rest of Hespeler Road. Maybe this project could be included in the Mayor’s new “green” agenda?!

This project will create some much needed infill and intensification development as well as showcase new technologies through building design, energy systems and sustainability.

Perhaps work towards a LEED certified building(s)?

Site Details

Size: Unknown (I do not have the proper tools at home to calculate it!)

Current Zoning: Commercial, I’m assuming “automotive related”

Potential Zoning: Live/Work units

Transit: iXpress and GRT transit stops already in place at Cambridge Centre Mall, located relatively close to the 401

Other Details:

  • More than likely a low-level brownfield site
  • Gas station used to be located on corner of Dunbar Road and Hespeler Road
  • Several automotive related services were located on properties south of Dunbar, but before the recently closed Galt Chrysler Car Dealership
  • “Junky” flea market located at corner of Can-Amera Parkway and Hespeler Road
  • YMCA is across the street
  • Dumfries Conservation Area located across the street, approximate size of 75 hectares
  • New residential towers built at Dunbar and Conestoga Boulevard
  • Regional Shopping Centre (Cambridge Centre Mall) located across the street

I’m going to work on drafting some concepts, but I would also love to see your work too!

October 7, 2009 at 6:16 pm 3 comments

THE “Greenest” Building at University of Western Ontario

The $22 million Claudette MacKay-Lassonde Pavilion is set to open its environmentally friendly doors on UWO’s campus.

October 5, 2009 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

A Green Agenda for Cambridge?!

Hopefully that is the answer soon!

Mayor Doug Craig is calling for new green initiatives to help boost the city economy during these tough recessionary times. In 2010, Craig wants to start work on a green action plan by creating a task force to transform the City of Cambridge into a green institution. In 2011, he wants to establish a green team to put in place an action plan of sustainable strategies, and implement those ideas by 2012.

The mayor also wants to start capitalizing on one of Cambridge’s untapped resources –the river. In the coming year, Craig wants to take a new look at various riverbank projects to determine what improvements can be done in different parts of the city. He also wants to beef up the city’s existing streetscaping program in efforts to stimulate more development.

And on the transporation front, work will begin next year on the Hespeler Road railway crossing. In addition, city council is expecting good news regarding GO Transit on Monday.

Development in Cambridge is also going strong, with work continuing on the former American Standard building in Hespeler and the Historic Riverside Lofts in Galt. Construction is also beginning on the Heartwood Place affordable housing apartment building on Ainslie Street and ground has been broken on the Blair campus of Conestoga College.

This is all great news for those of us currently looking for jobs within the City of Cambridge ;)and it will be exciting times in these upcoming years as hopefully this will start to shape Cambridge’s future!


October 5, 2009 at 10:05 am Leave a comment

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