Construction is set to begin this summer at Sheridan’s Davis Campus in Brampton on what will be Canada’s largest solar carport. The project came about after the college won a highly-coveted contract from the FIT (Feed-in Tariff) program run by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), which manages Ontario’s power system.
The FIT program was created by the IESO to promote renewable energy generation in Ontario. Sheridan has been awarded a 20-year contract under FIT. This 500 kilowatt (kW) project will generate approximately 700,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar energy annually, or 7% of the Davis Campus’s annual usage, while saving 29 tons of emissions each year.
The project is an integral component of Sheridan’s Integrated Energy and Climate Master Plan (IECMP), which aims to decrease the college’s overall energy and carbon emissions by 50% by 2030; and Zero Waste Sheridan, which has the ambitious goal of leading Sheridan to become zero waste by 2020.