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June 24 Meeting Agenda

17 Jun 2022

Next Meeting

Wednesday June 24, 2009, 7:30 pm
Amenities Room of Kensington Market Lofts, 21 Nassau Street (Spadina and College).

We have two exciting speakers lined up for the meeting. The first is Nick Morgan of Morgan Solar (www.morgansolar.com), a Toronto solar start-up company that is commercializing less expensive new solar electric systems for an array of uses. Nick's presentation will give us a glimpse of what will be available in the near future.

Our second speaker, Graham Stewart of ERA Architects (www.era.on.ca) will describe the innovative Tower Renewal pilot project that the City launched last year, and which is being managed by his firm. The project aims not only to retrofit older rental towers across the city, but also to re-purpose the underused green spaces that typically surround these buildings so as to make these communities more lively and economically sustainable.

And we'll finalize our choice of a new, shorter name for our illustrious group. As those who attended our last meeting will attest, when we opened the floor for name suggestions, we quickly compiled a creative list:

Power MUSE Project: MUSE = multi unit solar energy
TED: Toronto environmental design – TED.
TREE: Toronto renewable energy
ICPR: Independent consumer power review
TOWER POWER Toronto
LONE: Lake Ontario North Energy
Renewable energy and sustainable community
SMURF: Solar multi unit residential facilitation

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]

Updated June 17, 2022

 


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May 5 Meeting a Sucess - Next Meeting June 24

13 May 2022

Next Meeting

Wednesday June 24, 2009, 7:30 pm
Meeting Room of Kensington Market Lofts, 21 Nassau Street (Spadina and College).

Our last meeting was a little different, featuring a talk on the soon to be law Green Energy Act by Dr. Judy Lipp, the Executive Director of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative.

We also had a presentation by Scott Snowdon (Founder and Webmaster of OurPower) and Brian MacLean on a proposal for an expansion of the DWMUSEP web site and the use of the OurPower Wiki as a communication tool for MURB residents interested in renewable energy. We will hear more on that in the near future. Thanks, Scott and Brian.

Finally, it has been proposed that we re-name the Downtown West Multi-Unit Solar Energy Project, partially because we really are not just in the Downtown West, and partially because the old name is such a mouthful! We generated a bunch of ideas at the meeting, which will be posted on the Wiki for your review. Additional suggestions are more than welcome. We will make a decision at the June 24 meeting.

The agenda for the next meeting is not yet set - keep an eye on this page for updates!

Questions? Please don't hesitate to contact either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]

Updated May 13, 2022

 


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Downtown West Multi-Unit Meeting - May 5, 2022

04 May 2022

Next Meeting

Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Meeting Room of Windward Co-op, at 34 Little Norway Cresent (1 block west and 1 south of Bathurst and Queen's Quay).

It looks to be an exciting meeting. Our featured speaker is Judy Lipp, the Executive Director of the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative. She will be discussing how condos and co-ops can best take advantage of the province's new Green Energy Act, which recently passed first reading in the Legislature. Among other things, the Act will double (i.e. to 83 cents/kwh) the prices paid for those who install solar electric panels on their rooftops.

Our own Brian MacLean will gave a presentation on the power of Wiki websites, showing how our diverse group could provide better access to all the information gleaned at our meetings and enable us to work more effectively together to promote conservation and green energy. With more and more people are attending our meetings, we need tools that might enable us to serve everyone much better. Having our own Wiki website would be especially helpful to those unable to attend our meetings on a regular basis.

Thirdly, we'll be discussing whether to change our name . Our name (i.e Downtown West Multi-Unit Solar Energy Project) has always been a long one, but now that we're drawing people from across the city, it is probably time to change it to something less geographically-specific. So put on your thinking caps, and bring your suggestions to our upcoming meeting on May 5th.

Since our last meeting, a few more MURBs have decided to go solar. We'll hear reports from these and others who have projects underway.

You can learn more by attending the May 5 meeting or by contacting either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]

Updated May 4, 2022



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City of Toronto Eco Roof Program

04 May 2022

City of Toronto’s Eco Roof Program

The City of Toronto is now offering financial incentives for green roof and cool roof construction on industrial, commercial and institutional buildings. The Eco-roof program will provide $50 per square metre of green roof up to $100,000 and $2-5 per square metre of cool roof up to $50,000 for projects on existing buildings. On a one year pilot basis, the funding will also be available for green roofs on new buildings.

An "eco-roof" refers to green roofs that support vegetation and cool roofs that reflect the sun's thermal energy according to the program's performance criteria (see website). Eco-roofs can assist with storm-water management, reduce urban heat and summer cooling demands and beautify your building through increased biodiversity. The eco-roof program builds on Toronto's successful green roof pilot program and green development strategy.

For full program details and to download an application, please visit:
www.toronto.ca/livegreen/ecoroofs

The closing date for the first round of applications is May 1st, 2009.

 


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Downtown West Multi-Unit Meeting May 5, 2022

31 Mar 2022

Next Meeting

Tuesday, May 5th at 7:30pm
Meeting Room of Windward Co-op, at 34 Little Norway Cresent (1 block west and 1 south of Bathurst and Queen's Quay).

Our last meeting enjoyed record attendance to take in two exiting presentations. Tom Rand described the many green features of the Planet Traveller Hotel, which aims to be the greenest hotel in North America. One of his first accomplishments was convincing the City to allow him to bury pipes for a geothermal heating and cooling system under an adjacent laneway. The City has used the opportunity to start developing a policy to allow any of us to make use of laneways near our own dwellings for our own geothermal projects.

Our second speaker was our own David Booz, talking about a new technology for solar air heating.

All meetings include reports from each condo and co-op on the status of their own renewable energy project.

The agenda for the May 5 meeting has not yet been set - keep watching this space for details of our program. We hope you can join us, and don't hesitate to encourage any friends and colleagues who might be interested to join us as well.

You can learn more by attending the May 5 meeting or by contacting either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]

Updated March 31, 2022

 


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Downtown West Multi-Unit Meeting March 10, 2022

09 Mar 2022

Next Meeting

Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30pm
Meeting Room of Windward Co-op, at 34 Little Norway Cresent (1 block west and 1 south of Bathurst and Queen's Quay).

Like our most recent meeting at Kensington Market Lofts, the upcoming meeting will feature two exciting presentations:

Tom Rand will describe the many green features of the Planet Traveller Hotel, which aims to be the greenest hotel in North America. One of his first accomplishments was convincing the City to allow him to bury pipes for a geothermal heating and cooling system under an adjacent laneway. The City has used the opportunity to start developing a policy to allow any of us to make use of laneways near our own dwellings for our own geothermal projects.

Our second speaker is own own David Booz. An engineer and renewable energy enthusiast, David will be telling us about new technology for solar air heating.

Of course, the meeting will also include reports from each condo and co-op on the status of their own renewable energy project. We hope you can join us.

Please join us, and encourage any friends and colleagues who might be interested. We look forward to seeing you there!

You can learn more by attending the March 10 meeting or by contacting either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]

Updated March 9, 2022



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Downtown West Multi-Unit Solar Energy Project

10 Aug 2022

Next Meeting

Thursday, January 15, 2022
"Meeting Room", Kensington Market Lofts, 21 Nassau Street, just off Spadina south of College.

The next meeting of the Downtown West Multi-Unit Solar Energy Project will take place on Thursday, January 15th at 7:30pm, in the Meeting Room of the Kensington Market Lofts, 21 Nassau Street,just off of Spadina on the north side of Kensington Market. Please note that this is change from our usual location.

We have two exciting speakers lined up for the meeting. Derrick Finn will describe what is involved in doing an energy audit in a multi-unit building. And then Gordon Graff will present The Grow Project, which is his design for a building to replace the Moss Park Armoury. Providing affordable housing for 1000 people, his building would be self-sufficient in energy and food production, harvest rainwater, and treat all of its sewage on site.

Of course, the meeting will also include reports from each condo and co-op on the status of their own renewable energy project. We hope you can join us.

When 50 people from multi-unit residential buildings attended a late September 2006 meeting at the Harbourfront Community Centre, it confirmed that there is great interest among many people in seeing solar water heating and solar electricity-generating projects sprout on the rooftops of downtown condominiums and cooperative housing buildings.  More than 50% of Toronto residents live in multi-unit buildings, yet there are financial and other challenges that make it difficult to establish solar energy projects on their rooftops.

Since that time, the Downtown West Multi-Unit Solar Energy project, an all-volunteer working group, has brought together representatives of corporations, government, not-for-profit organizations and interested residents in order to catalyze discussion around rooftop solar for condo and co-op residences.  Several of the co-ops and condos that are members of the DWMUSEP are working on their own energy conservation and renewable energy projects.  At our bi-monthly meetings, participating co-ops and condos report on the progress they have made on their projects, sharing the challenges and opportunities and building on the experiences of each other.

Each meeting also includes brief presentations from renewable energy equipment vendors, condo or coop federations, or granting agencies, when they explain what they do and how they can benefit the coop and condo boards and residents.

The DWSEP pays particular attention to the various government incentives that are available to multi-unit coops and condos. Please see below for a summary of some of the government incentives that are available.

As attendance at our bi-monthly meetings has grown steadily over the last 2 years, we are looking forward to another productive year. Please join us, and encourage any friends and colleagues who might be interested.

You can learn more by attending the January 15 meeting or by contacting either of the Project co-chairs below.

Tim Grant, (416) 960-1244, [email protected]
David Booz, (416) 806-2669, [email protected]




Seeking Condos and Co-ops Interested in Solar Study

Over the last couple of years of the DWMUSEP, we have found that there are lots of MURBs that are interested in exploring renewable energy opportunities for their buildings, but don't know how to get started. There is grant money available to help subsidize feasibility studies to determine if renewable energy systems are viable for these MURBs, and the City is very interested in facilitating this kind of work, but we need to figure out a way to get the work done.

David Booz, Fidel Reijerse, and Ken Traynor, in conjunction with the Toronto Renewable Energy Cooperative, are putting together the TREC Multi-Unit Renewable Energy Project. Our plan is to assemble a group of 10 to 20 MURBS who are interested in a renewable energy feasibility study. Once we have a good solid group, we will submit a single application for grant money to subsidize the cost of the feasibility studies for all of the buildings. Our target is to have each MURB pay about half the cost (up to $ 5,000), with grant money subsidizing the other half.

We are looking at a few different granting agencies that may be interested in supporting this project. Submitting a single application covering multiple projects to each granting body would be more efficient than a separate application for each MURB, both for the project and for the granting organizations. We also believe that there will be significant efficiencies and synergies to doing several studies at once, such as having site visits at multiple MURBs on the same day or using what we learn for one project and applying it right away to the next one. Once we have done a number of feasibility studies, we want to generalize the results in a manner that will provide a template for action for other buildings, highlighting things that are common between buildings and things that are different.

If the TREC project is going to ask funding bodies for money, they need to demonstrate that there are a number of buildings that are serious about doing a facility study. Is your MURB interested in joining this project? Will your condo or co-op board be willing to come up with the funds required to participate? If so, please contact us:

David Booz, [email protected], 416-806-2669
Ken Traynor, [email protected], (416) 654-7362
Fidel Reijerse, [email protected], (416) 361-0752



Government Incentives for Renewable Energy

There are a number of government incentives available for installation of solar energy systems on multi-unit residential buildings. Some of the more attractive incentives are listed below. Please follow the links to the web sites for more detailed information on these incentives.

Federal Government Programs

EcoEnergy for Renewable Heat:

The ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program runs from April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2011. Incentives are offered to the industrial/commercial/institutional sector to install active energy-efficient solar air and/or water heating systems. Eligible projects must be completed and commissioned within six (6) months of the signing of a contribution agreement with NRCan. Preliminary estimates suggest that, by 2011, the program will have supported installations in about 700 buildings.

ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat will offer an incentive to industrial, commercial and institutional purchasers of solar heating systems. The incentive will rebate 25 percent of the purchase, installation and certain other costs of qualifying systems up to $80,000 per building.

Funding is available for Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) buildings and MURBs (i.e. multi-unit residential buildings) that are greater than 600 square metres, more than three storeys and have a common entrance.

For more information visit: http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoenergy-ecoe nergie/heat-chauffage/index-eng.cfm

Class 43.1 Accelerated Capital Cost Allowance and Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses:

A 50% accelerated CCA is provided under Class 43.2 of Schedule II to the Income Tax Regulations for specified clean energy generation equipment. Eligible equipment includes solar thermal, solar air and solar photovoltaic equipment while project size restrictions have been eliminated.

Class 43.2 was introduced in 2005 and is currently available for assets acquired on or after February 23, 2022 and before 2012. For assets acquired before February 23, 2005, accelerated CCA is provided under Class 43.1 is 30%.

For more information visit: http://oee.nrcan.gc.ca/industrial/fi nancial-assistance/tax-incentives.cfm?attr=24

Provincial Government Program

Industrial/Commercial/Institutional Solar Thermal Heat

The Ontario government is making $14.4 million available over four years to encourage the industrial/commercial/institutional sector to convert to solar thermal heating. This initiative is piggy backing on the Federal ecoENERGY Renewable Heat Program. The Federal program allows businesses, industries, schools, universities, municipalities and hospitals to receive 25% of the cost of the installation of a solar thermal heating system to a maximum of $80,000. The Ontario Provincial government will match the Federal offer and contribute an additional 25% leading industrial/commercial/institutional solar projects to receive a 50% rebate on the initial upfront development costs.

To access the provincial grant you must first access the federal grant program.

Qualifying details (and other key FAQ's) can be found at: http://www.energy.gov.on.ca/index.cfm?fuseaction=c onservation.osthi

Last Updated December 30, 2021



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