Secure Self Storage, which operates facilities in Canada and the eastern United States, is taking advantage of Ontario, Canada’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Program to install solar panels on one of its Mississauga, Ontario, locations in 2014. The self-storage operator recently completed a solar-panel installation at its Rehoboth Beach, Del., facility and plans to add the green initiative to its other properties.
Launched in 2009 by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009, the FIT Program encourages and promotes greater use of renewable energy sources including on-shore wind, waterpower, renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas and solar photovoltaic for electricity-generating projects in the province.
The solar panels will be attached with a clamping system to the facility’s rooftop, and an inverter will be wired to the panels. The solar-generated power will be fed into Ontario’s electrical grid. A metering system calculates and tracks hydro production through the year, with Secure Self Storage receiving a monthly payment from OPA for the electricity it generates.
“We love the fact that we will generate green electricity not only for ourselves but for our neighbors as well,” said Don Bannister, regional manager for Secure Self Storage in the Toronto area.
In addition to its two Mississauga locations, Secure Self Storage operates one facility in North York, Ontario. It also has facilities in Delaware, Massachusetts, New York and Washington, D.C.