Windsor

Islamic centre to produce solar power

The Rose City Islamic Centre announced Tuesday it will soon begin producing solar power on its rooftop.

Half the roof will be covered in solar panels

The Rose City Islamic Centre announced Tuesday it will soon begin producing solar power on its rooftop.

The 1,200 solar panels will cover half the centre's roof and generate 250 kilowatts of solar power.

"It will make a significant impact on the environment," said the centre's Remy Boulbol.

According to the centre, the project will be one of the largest of its type in Windsor and create 250 kilowatts of electricity and provide energy to more than 250 homes. The clean green energy is expected to eliminate 371,000 kilograms of carbon from the atmosphere each year and displace the equivalent of 4,000 barrels of oil.

The project should be up and running by January.

The Rose City Islamic Centre partnered with the Muslim Association of Canada and Toronto-based Solgate Solar.

"There is also an economic impact by the jobs created using Ontario-made products and Ontario labour," Boulbol said.

Money generated to fund social programs

Funds received through the provincial feed-in tariff under the Green Energy Act will assist in funding local social programs.

"This project is an investment in our community," Rose City Islamic Centre president Abdul Asfour said at the announcement.

Provincial Liberal Minister of Finance Dwight Duncan, whose party passed the Green Energy Act, attended the announcement.

"I am confident this program will continue on," he said of the feed-in tariff.

Duncan promised the cost of energy will eventually lower under initiatives driven by the Green Energy Act.

"Over time as our energy system cleans up, as our air cleans up, prices will come down. That’s how it works," Duncan said.