We are excited to report that we submitted two applications to the FIT program at the beginning of October. We couldn’t have done it without our wonderful members who were very responsive in signing off the consent forms. In the words of our partner Soventix, they were “perfect” FIT applications with:
- responsible land use, strong economics, and municipal government support resolutions;
- they were submitted within the first few minutes of the intake so near the front of the line;
- and, of course they will get priority points for being submitted by a co-op.
The projects are for 500 kW ground-mounted solar installations on rural land (about 5 – 7 acres each) with one located on the way to Capreol, and one on Estaire Road south of the city. While we wait for a response on these applications, expected spring 2016, we plan to further develop our partnership agreement with Soventix, apply for funding for legal help with that effort, and continue negotiations with more landowners so we can apply for more projects next year.
This is it! Crunch time! The FIT 4 application period is starting the 30th of September 2015 and the SUN Co-op is getting ready, with the help of our partners Soventix, to apply for at least 2 projects. For this to happen, we require at least 50 signatures of members who own property in the Greater City of Sudbury. If you are a member of SUN Co-op and a property owner, fill out this form and send it back to us (by email ideally)! With your help, we can make this city greener!
SUN Co-op and Greater Sudbury community members are invited to come and join the SUN Co-op board members for cheese and friendly discussions on August 11th, from 4 to 7 pm at the Fromagerie Elgin downtown Sudbury. We will share what we have been working on in the last few months and talk about the upcoming FIT 4 application process. As part of this process, we are in need of at least 55 signatures from SUN Co-op members that are landowners in order to be eligible to apply. Therefore, this is the perfect time to get to know each other and to answer any of the questions you may have on what is to come in the next months!
Visit our Facebook event page for more details and to RSVP!
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Co-op eyes properties in the valley for solar farms
Sudbury’s SUN Solar Co-op has just formed a new partnership with Soventix Canada, a division of a German solar project developer. Soventix is already working on solar projects with many other co-ops in Ontario, including Temiskaming, Kingston and Toronto. Over the next month, the partnership will apply for as many as 10 FIT4 contracts with the provincial electrical authority (IESO), each to produce 500 KW of solar power for 20 years. Soventix will provide virtually all the resources to design, procure, and build the projects, turning them over to SUN when they are complete over the next two years. Profits will be used to support other local community environmental projects.
Success will depend on the first, difficult step that must be completed quickly: finding, within Greater Sudbury, suitable properties that are available for lease. Please spread the word to those you know with properties in the rural areas of the city since we need to sign leases as soon as possible. We are looking for properties with at least 5 acres available (about 5 football fields) that are relatively flat, close to 3-phase power lines, not on good agricultural land, and not heavily treed. Twenty years of lease payments are a great incentive, but also supporting renewable energy and a local co-op of course!
Do not hesitate to contact us for more information or if you or someone you know is interested! Let’s build a green, healthy community together!