At Algoma Orchards, almost everything is new – plantings, packing line, juice line, retail store. Since 2009, investments have made water recycling state-of-the-art for this Bowmanville, Ontario business. But one thing was still missing: energy efficiency.
|An aerial view of Algoma Orchards at Newcastle, Ontario reveals the scope of this solar panel project: 1940 solar panels producing 670 MWh per year.
This summer, they plugged into the Hydro One grid with one of Ontario’s largest solar panel installations ever.
“We’ll be doing a study this fall to assess the numbers, but I think if we’re not carbon neutral already, we’ll soon be a net carbon scrubber,” says Kirk Kemp. “Our solar panels are a good environmental story for customers. They also make economic sense, not in a game-changing sense, but we’ll generate equal to what we use over the course of a year.”