In 2014 the Town installed a 100 kW solar photovoltaic system on the roof of the public works garage.
The system is nominally rated at 100 kW though the capacity of the solar arrays totals 118 kW. The power is then converted from direct current that the solar panels generate to alternating current by 9 inverters. From there, it is piped to Hydro One through a meter that records the amount of electricity that is sold to Hydro One.
Hydro One pays the town 54.8¢ per kilowatt hour (kWh) that the town generates.
The system was built under the terms of Independent Electricity System Operator's (IESO) Feed-in Tariff Program.
"The fundamental objective of the FIT Program, in conjunction with the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 (Ontario) and Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan, 2010, is to facilitate the increased development of renewable generating facilities of varying sizes, technologies and configurations via a standardized, open and fair process."
By encouraging the development of renewable energy in Ontario, the FIT Program is:
- helping Ontario phase out coal-fired electricity generation - the largest climate change initiative in Canada;
- boosting economic activity and the development of renewable energy technologies;
- creating new green industries and jobs.
By participating in the Feed-in Tariff Program Mono is honouring its Vision Statement:
"The Town of Mono will be a safe, sustainable municipality where the new Economy, our Environment, our Community and our Natural Heritage can flourish in harmony."
Mono Council made the decision to investigate the option of installing a solar array and to take advantage of the Feed-in Tariff program in 2012. Following a feasibility study, an application was made to Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in January 2013 which was subsequently accepted by OPA in August 2013.
Following a tender process, RESCo Energy Inc. of Mississauga, ON was selected as the contractor with construction beginning in August 2014.