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Windsor readies for massive solar installation

Local manufacturers team up with distillery to build 7.9 mega-watt rooftop solar project


July 13, 2011
by Canadian Manufacturing Daily Staff

WINDSOR—Solar & Alternative Technology Corp. (S.A.T.) has partnered with solar panel manufacturer Soventix Canada Inc. and the Hiram Walker & Sons Ltd. distillery to build a 7.9 mega-watt rooftop solar project the size of 24 football fields in Windsor.

The photovoltaic installation is one of the largest in the world and is being built under Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program, powering 3,000 homes and offsetting 9,000 tonnes of CO2 annually once it’s built atop a factory owned by Canadian whisky distiller, Wiser’s.

Hiram Walker, Wiser’s parent company, says it will invest revenues generated through the lease agreement to buy more efficient boilers, which will reduce the plant’s energy consumption by 20 per cent.