Archives for: July 2014


Permalink 03:13:00 pm, by mleslie Email , 159 words, 205 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

The green mirage: Toronto school board gets free roof repairs for solar panels - or do they?

by Parker Gallant - July 28, 2014 - Canada’s largest school board, the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), is getting an F on management practices. Ontario’s Ministry of Education and Ministry of Energy must also receive a failing grade.

It starts with Toronto’s public schools having leaky roofs. The TDSB, with much fanfare May 2011, found the Holy Grail when they struck a deal with AMP Solar Limited Partnership for solar panels on school roofs. TDSB thought the deal with AMP would result in free roof repairs on 450 schools, and, after AMP recovered the cost of the repairs, TDSB would also receive 14.5% of the solar power revenue generated from the Feed-In Tariff or FIT contracts they hoped to obtain from the OPA (Ontario Power Authority). On paper it sounded wonderful; TDSB’s Director of Education Chris Spence said, “This is a win-win for everyone involved.”

What he meant was, it would be a losing proposition for Ontario’s ratepayers.

Permalink 03:11:28 pm, by mleslie Email , 103 words, 173 views   English (CA)
Categories: Toronto updates

TDSB told cost to install solar panels higher than expected, leaving roof replacements in doubt

by Moira MacDonald - July 24, 2014 - A plan by Toronto’s public school board to replace school roofs through the production of green energy is facing new setbacks.

A confidential note to the Toronto District School Board’s 22 trustees on Wednesday advised costs for the solar panel project — supposed to help fund the replacement of more than 4 million square feet of school roofs — are higher than first pegged. That’s because of greater than expected costs to the board’s private partner — School Top Solar LP — for roofing, installing the panels and fees to Toronto Hydro for hooking up to its power grid.

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These pages are a resource for students, parents, staff and neighbours who wish to make the buildings and yards in their school community sustainable, high-performance and "green". The site was originally created for members of the Runnymede Public School community in the west-end of Toronto, but has expanded. This blog is owned and maintained by Marshall Leslie (see You can also follow us on Twitter @greenschools_ca

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