Upper Grand District School Board Photovoltaic Project


Sol Source Partners Inc.


Shelburne, Ont. Centre Dufferin District High School


50 kW (20 kW facade, 30 kW flat roof)

HELIENE Modules:

200 – HELIENE 60M 250Wp Modules

The Upper Grand District School Board is committed to promoting and teaching environmental stewardship and the Centre Dufferin District High School in Shelburne is a leader in demonstrating energy conservation and alternative energy technology. A building integrated 50 kW photovoltaic power supply in the form of a facade array (80 HELIENE 250-watt modules) and a flat roof array (120 HELIENE 250-watt modules) was recently installed under the OPA FIT Program as part of the school’s education program. Sol Source Partners Inc., the project developer, will be developing photovoltaic teaching material relating to disciplines such as physics, mathematics, computer science and geography for the school’s teachers as well as providing outlines for student-managed solar projects. The system performance will be extensively monitored and given the co-location of two different array designs, there is an excellent opportunity to compare the two designs and evaluate various performance models.

Company Bio

Sol Source Partners Inc. is a design/install company specializing in building integrated photovoltaic power supplies based in Toronto and Newmarket.

(www.solsourcepartners.com, 416 466-5172 / 905 898-0098)

Per Drewes is a physicist and engineer and worked in Ontario Hydro’s Research and Development Division for 25 years. During that time he wrote the first draft of the Canadian Electrical Code Section 50, “Solar Photovoltaic Systems”. He also designed and installed Canada’s first utility interactive photovoltaic system as part of a University of Toronto research project and represented Canada on the International Energy Agency Task 7 “Photovoltaic Systems in the Built Environment” Committee.

Rolf Paloheimo has many years of experience in the building industry including project management of several energy efficient buildings featuring photovoltaic power supplies. His own residence, “Healthy House” in downtown Toronto, is in fact a CMHC sponsored project demonstrating energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. It was the first photovoltaic powered house to connect to Toronto Hydro and was featured on a Canada Post commemorative stamp.