Greenhouse Gas Reduction Initiatives — 2013
City of Markham Emergency Operations Centre: Warden Avenue Solar Photovoltaic System
Local governments participating in the Partners for Climate Protection (PCP) program are reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a significant degree. PCP prepares monthly case studies to highlight the range of innovative initiatives being implemented by municipalities.
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In 2004, the City of Yellowknife completed its baseline inventories as part of its PCP Milestone work. Most electricity is generated by hydro; however, emissions from fossil fuel use for heating are almost twice that of the Canadian average, accounting for more than 70% of Yellowknife's emissions. The City used that data to inform its Community Energy Plan (CEP), adopted in 2006.
In 2010, the City of Markham began developing a project to install a 250-kW grid-tied solar photovoltaic system atop the roof of a warehouse on Warden Avenue, which was already connected to the district energy utility. In the first year of operation, the Warden Avenue system generated $189,000 in revenue.