Ontario Solar Provider flips the switch on Diamond Head solar project

Left Picture (From left to right): Lou Rinaldi (MPP), Gil Brocanier (Mayor of Cobourg), Alex Fuentes (VP Business Development OSP), Jim Cada (Director of Operations Mississaugi First Nation) and Paul Macklin (Partner at Diamond Head Industrial Mall) flip the switch to connect the 600 kW system to the grid. Right picture (left to right): Paul Macklin, Gil Brocanier and Alex Fuentes stand on the rooftop of Diamond Head Mall to showcase the 600 kW system.

Cobourg, September 18, 2015 – Ontario Solar Provider, one of Ontario’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies, together with Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc., are celebrating the opening ceremony of a 600 kW solar project in Cobourg, Ontario.

The solar project, located on the rooftop of Diamond Head Industrial Mall at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, is a shining example of how property owners are working together with Ontario Solar Provider to take advantage of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program. Through its rooftop lease model, Ontario Solar Provider builds, owns and operates the solar system on the client’s rooftop at no capital cost to the property owner. The property owner benefits from having solar onsite and monetizing what is otherwise unused roof space.

 “By choosing to partner with Ontario Solar Provider for solar on its facility, Diamond Head is supporting the development of renewable energy and a cleaner Ontario electricity grid, while earning additional revenue and spurring the local economy” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman, Ontario Solar Provider.

“We are very proud of the solar project at our facility,” said Gord Atkinson, Partner and Property Manager at Diamond Head Mall. “Not only are we enhancing sustainability, partnering with Ontario Solar Provider enabled us to tap into a steady stream of income through their rooftop lease.”

The project was developed, engineered and installed by Ontario Solar Provider, which manages every aspect of solar seamlessly, from start to finish. KB Racking, Ontario Solar Provider’s affiliate, supplied their EkonoRack 2.0 mounting solution – a lightweight, durable system designed for rapid installation. The KB Racking team designed the system layout to ensure as much energy as possible could be generated from the rooftop, while adhering to local codes and standards. The solar installation is also fitted with a Schneider 500 kW central inverter and high efficiency Trina solar panels provided by Silfab Solar Inc., all locally sourced from Ontario.

The 600 kW system will generate an estimated 690,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, mitigating the effects of 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide from Ontario’s electricity system – equivalent to powering 70 homes per year. Apart from its environmental benefits, the project has generated a number of construction, engineering and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth. In addition, the Mississaugi First Nation has partnered with Ontario Solar Provider for a minor equity interest in the solar installation.

About Ontario Solar Provider                                                                                                                                                      

Ontario Solar Provider specializes in the development, financing, engineering and construction of large-scale rooftop solar installations and portfolios under Ontario’s Feed-in-Tariff program. Having completed more than 100 commercial-scale solar projects in Ontario representing in excess of 50 MW of installed capacity, Ontario Solar Provider is one of the leading fully integrated solar PV companies in Ontario. OSP offers turnkey solar rooftop solutions that enable commercial and industrial property owners to support the development of renewable energy, earn additional revenue, and help create cleaner, healthier and more prosperous communities. Property owners can learn more and request a preliminary solar assessment at www.ontariosp.com     

About Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.                                                                                                                                                                   

Located at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, Ontario. This property houses tenants like Sleep Country Canada, Sun Life Financial, Northumberland County Moving Company, Automated Products and Supplies, Dr. Maria Marszal family physician, Primerica, Broken Arrow Services, Prince Edward Regiment, Dr. Katherine Wood Chiropractor, Cobourg Safety, Protoplast Inc., OT Group, Paul Davison-Cobourg Spine and Sports Injury Clinic, Activation Products (Can) Inc., Fastenal Canada, and M.J. Express.



Ontario Solar Provider

Blaire Stewart

Associate, Business Development




Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.

Gord Atkinson

Partner and Property Manager



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