NEW MARYLAND CENTRE SOLAR GENERATION SYSTEM
October 13, 2017
The official opening of the New Maryland Centre’s new Solar Energy Generation System was held on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 12 noon. In attendance were the Mayor and members of Village Council, MP Matt DeCourcey, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), MLA Jeff Carr, Village staff and members of the Solar Energy Research Committee.
The project was developed as a result of Village Council identifying as one of its strategic goals the promotion of a green and energy efficient community that is resilient to climate change. The 8.1 – kilowatt solar panel array, which is also the Village’s first ever clean energy project, is located on the roof of the New Maryland Centre and will result in operational savings for the Village of New Maryland and contribute to the vitally important objective of moving toward more sustainable sources of energy for Village operations. The project contractor, Epic Energy Inc., proposed the installation of solar modules produced by Canadian manufacturer Heliene Inc. of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and Enphase microinverter components manufactured at the Flextronics Canada facility in Newmarket, Ontario. Epic Energy is based in Tracey, New Brunswick.
This project came to fruition through an important funding partnership between the Village of New Maryland and the Government of Canada under the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program. The financial contribution of $15,050 from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) via the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program was instrumental in the Village achieving such valued improvements to the New Maryland Centre, and implementing its vision of using cleaner and greener sources of energy for its municipal operations. Special thanks to D.A. Neville at ACOA, who coordinated the important funding partnership for this project.
The Mayor and Village Council is extremely grateful for the opportunity to partner with ACOA in funding such an exciting and innovative project. Mayor and Council also extends their gratitude to: the members of the Solar Energy Research Ad hoc Committee, who researched and provided a recommendation to Council on the feasibility of the project; Andrew McLeod, CEO with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists (APEGNB) who offered input and guidance to the committee; Jean-Pierre Ouellette with the Metering & Renewable Energy Department at NB Power who provided technical and procedural direction; collaborators Richard Knappe and Rudi Fowler of Epic Energy; and Steve McLaggan of Ace Engineering who assisted with the structural review and design elements.