Wonderland Mini Storage of London, Ontario, Canada, recently commissioned the province’s first 200-kilowatt solar-power system using microinverters by Enphase Energy. According to a press release, the facility operators realized a solar project was a great opportunity to reduce the company’s carbon footprint, create local jobs, and generate power and revenue.
Due to the large size of the installation, Wonderland sought out local companies to participate. The company hired Don Payne of Ray’s Electric Inc. in London as the project lead. Having just installed a 10kW system on his home, Payne chose Sentinel Solar to supply the project components. Other contributors included Enphase Energy, Solar Systems on Site and Solgate Solar. R. Russell Construction and Guillevin International also assisted in the project.
This system was locally manufactured, consisting of 888 Enphase M190 microinverters, 225-watt Solgate solar panels and Sentinel Solar racking. The array will generate approximately 254 megawatts per year of renewable energy that will be fed back into the grid under the FIT (Feed-In Tariff) Program.
“This was the first Enphase installation of its size in Ontario, and we’re seeing the range of projects using Enphase expand as more integrators seek us out for commercial-scale solar installations,” said Jeff Loebbaka, Enphase vice president of worldwide sales. “Sentinel Solar, our largest partner in Canada, used our microinverters to deliver a reliable clean energy system to Wonderland Mini Storage that comes with lifetime, built-in monitoring to ensure system uptime.”
Images of Wonderland Mini Storage and its new solar-power system can be viewed at www.solarsystemsonsite.ca/fit.html.