On Friday, September 28, 2012, ProQuip International helped celebrate the official opening of the 675kW AC solar energy project they provided EPC services for in partnership with Solarize Energy LP on the cattle barns of Van Osch Farms Ltd. in the Mt. Carmel/Lucan area of Ontario. This is ranked as the largest roof top solar panel system installed on an Ontario farm to date. The project entailed the mounting and cabling of 3,393 solar panels on 5 barn roofs in 3 main farm locations and interconnecting them to 3 centralized inverters and the metered grid connections. The project was completed on time and under budget.
Several area dignitaries and news outlets were present, as were other farm and agricultural industry operators interested in the technology and opportunities to generate clean, green electricity and create an additional revenue stream from their own operations. The owners of Van Osch Farms Ltd. were interviewed prior to the official opening celebrations as shown in the Brantford Expositor news article below. Presentations by speakers included that of Sam Tavernese, President of ProQuip International and quoted in the accompanying press release.
Additional news coverage of the grand opening celebration, video and interviews are available from the London Free Press article at this link
BRANTFORD, ONTARIO – (PRESS RELEASE) — 08/31/12 – ProQuip International is proud to have helped the students of the University of Western Ontario express their interest in energy sustainability by applying solar LED lighting technology in a project that also improves campus safety and security.
The University Student Council (USC), in a tender earlier this year, provided sixteen thousand dollars ($16,000.00) to purchase and install a solar array. The only criteria established by the USC is that this array be installed on the campus in a highly visible, high traffic area (ideally on concrete beach around the University Community Centre) and be a showpiece for students. In consultation with ProQuip International President, Sam Tavernese, it was determined that a small solar array valued at $16,000.00 would not be as significant or productive an expression of going green as would a pair of solar LED lights with their obvious functionality and use of sustainable, green energy being demonstrated every night of the year.
ProQuip designed and manufactured the two MaxSUN™ lamps according to the specific location, lighting requirements and sun resources available at the campus installation sites. In accordance with the campus’ current lighting systems, the solar LED lamps and pole components were powder coated in green to match. Powder coating is used for long-term durability and ProQuip is able to offer a wide range of colours beyond basic black.
The poles were installed August 23rd, 2012 amid much curiosity and appreciation from the students passing by the site. One lamp is located in a parkette on Oxford Dr. at the entrance to the University Community Centre and uses a Type 5 light pattern to floodlight the area and the park bench within it. The second lamp is located across Oxford Dr. in front of Lawson Hall and uses a Type 3 light pattern to illuminate a transit bus shelter.
ProQuip President, Sam Tavernese stated that “we are very happy to have helped further the students’ commitment to understanding and embracing new technologies that conserve energy now and into their futures”.
BRANTFORD, ONTARIO – (PRESS RELEASE) — 08/02/12 – The engineers and project managers at ProQuip are constantly seeking new solutions to the many challenges of installing solar PV energy systems in a wide variety of locations and applications. Daily, they see variables in the different projects that they are installing and connecting to the Ontario power grid. In order to quickly solve problems, reduce maintenance issues and improve overall system performance, they seek out and connect with other technology leaders in the Ontario and international solar PV market.
A recent instance of this was their engagement with Conergy Inc., www.conergy.ca , an Ontario-based manufacturer of solar PV panels and mounting systems. The new technology being evaluated was Conergy’s latest rooftop rack mounting system, the SolarFamulus Air. According to Conergy’s Tyler Balding, “many commercial flat roofs do not have the structural strength to support PV installations with conventional mounting systems. The SolarFamulus Air is a light weight, non-penetrating PV mounting system designed for use on such weight-limited commercial flat roofs. The SolarFamulus Air uses aerodynamic forces to minimize ballast requirements; it weighs less than comparable mounting systems and can be installed on a wider range of roofs. The SolarFamulus Air offers the following features: flexible system design; rapid installation and streamlined logistics; static reliability and maximum service life.”
Knowing that technologies like the new Conergy roof mount system exist ensures that ProQuip engineers and project managers are armed with the knowledge and tools to design properly, plan ahead and get the job done right. “We as a company recognize that one size does not fit all” stated Sam Tavernese, President of ProQuip International www.pqi.ca , summarizing that “As a leading solar PV EPC services provider, ProQuip endeavours to evolve along with the growing solar energy market and to seek out innovative technologies and smart solutions”.