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WISE Project 2009 is Launched

25 Jun 2022

The meeting on June 22nd went great and we have a number of people signed up all ready for installations including Councillor Joe Mihevc.  The 2009 pricing information is posted on the Downloads Section on this webpage - see below on the right.  If you are ready to have a system installed download the sign up sheet  and the self Assessment sheet.  Do the self assessment to ensure you are solar ready and then fill out the sign up sheet and either email it to us, fax it or drop it off at the address listed on the sheet.  If you still have questions send me an email with your questions and I will help you get answers or arrange a time to talk by phone if that is better.

Our vendor representative for ARISE Technologies  is Jerry Austin  - [email protected] and to contact Greensaver send an email to [email protected]

The new Feed in Tariff program details should be out soon confirming the FIT residential solar PV price of $0.802 per kwh.  The average production from a 2 KW system in Toronto is 2200 kwh per year which would generate 2200 x .802 = $1764 of income per year.   You can take a look at the performance of our systems by checking out the on-line data from Debra Anthony's system:


WISE 2009 Solar Pricing Information Now Available

19 Jun 2022

Dear All --  We have posted the pricing information for the 2009 WISE Solar PV and Solar Hot Water Packages on the Downloads Section of our website (see below on the right for Downloads section).  Arise Technologies and Greensaver will be available at the WISE Solar Information night on Monday June 22nd at 7 PM at St. Matthew's United Church corner of St Clair West and Rushton Road.

With the Green Energy Act passed into Law and the proposed rates for the Feed in Tariff program ready to come into force, the solar investment picture for Ontario residents looks like this:

1.       Limited investment risk.

2.       Typical R.O.I. of 8-9% annually every year for 20 years, based on the 80.2 cent/kwh rate for solar in the FIT program. 

3.       Simple payback times for a typical residential system reduced to 10 to 12 years before interest costs.

4.       The 20-year contract is transferable on sale of the property. 

5.       No maintenance costs expected for at least 15 years. 

6.       Preferential tax treatment.  No tax payable on solar revenues while you depreciate the capital cost of the system. 

7.       Service life of the system 30 to 40+ years. 

8.       Long component warranties of 10-25 years.

9.       RST rebate of approximately 3.4% of the system price. PV systems installed on a principal residence are eligible for the new federal Home Renovation Tax Credit ($1,350). 

We have been told by Toronto Hydro that they will be announcing the microFit (residential) program rules on June 23rd.

And don't forget that this year Government grants and tax credits taken together are available to reduce the costs of owning a solar hot water system by $3100.

There has never been a better time to Go Solar.  See you Monday night.



WISE Project 2009 Launches Monday, June 22nd 7 - 9 PM

07 Jun 2022

Upcoming WISE Project 2009 Launch

WISE 2009 Solar Information Night
Monday, June 22: 7- 9pm

St. Matthews United Church (corner of St Clair West and Rushton Road)
(Click for Map)

Come out and hear a Project Update and meet with our vendors ARISE Technologies for Solar PV and Greensaver for Solar Hot Water. They will both have displays and systems for you to inspect.

There has never been a better time to go solar and whittle down your carbon footprint! 

The Government of Ontario has increased the Feed In Tariff rate for residential solar to 80 cents per kwh from 42 cents.  The increase makes a solar system an excellent investment with a guaranteed 20 year return.

And both the Government of Ontario and Natural Resources Canada have increased their incentives on solar hot water systems so you now receive $2500 off the price.

What will be the 2009 price of the systems?

We hope to release the information on system pricing next week after we get final confirmation on Building Permit costs and the release of the Residential FIT program rules. Keep an eye out for an email from us next week or come out on the 22nd and hear it first hand.

Green Energy Act Becomes Law

Green Energy Act - The Green Energy Act became a law on May 14, 2009. This important piece of legislation paves the way for dramatic changes to our electricity system and should significantly increase the amount of renewable energy in Ontario.  More info:

Additional Links of Interest

WISE Project

6 June 2022

Strawberries & Asparagus Festival 2009

When:  June 20th

11AM - 5 PM

Where: Cedarvale Park

 A celebration of local food, solar energy, and public green space.

What's Next?

Visit the WISE Booth and our vendors at Strawberries & Asparagus

Stay tuned for an email next week

Come to the Solar Informatrion Night on June 22nd

Go Solar in 2009


Down a bit further, there's a link right at the bottom which will take you off the list.

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Winter 2009 Update

24 Feb 2022

The 2008 installation season was successful on the solar PV front as we pushed our total installs to 34 systems totalling 73.24 KW. But on the solar hot water front it was a frustrating season as we were stalled waiting for building permits from the City of Toronto and we have over 20 families still waiting for their installation approvals.  Greensaver has done a  yeoman's service working with engineers to get the approvals from the City and we have verbal assurances now our design solution is acceptable.  Stay tuned for updates as we negotiate the challenges of City Hall.

On an optimistic note the Ontario Government introduced its long awaited Green Energy Act on Monday February 23rd. The Act creates the opportunity for the Minister of Energy to direct the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to develop an "attractive" tariff level for solar PV.  Reports suggest he will initiate a consultation through the OPA in the next three weeks to determine an appropriate Tariff level for roof top solar.  Rumours suggest they understand it has to be increased significantly in order to get the kind of uptake they would like.  They also talk about a "best in class" Feed in Tariff which means they should be looking at an inflation adjusted tariff too.  There is also a reference to providing zero or low interest loans for solar and energy efficent upgrades to homes but no details yet. Finally it looks like the Federal government tax credit for home renovations included in the January Federal Budget will cover solar systems as well so that would add a further tax credit to the mix.  So lots of good news on the solar frontand we should begin to have more clarity over the next couple of months. 

We will be reinvigorating the WISE Project once there is some certainity with the numbers so check back often and keep an eye out for an email from us.



West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy (WISE)

10 Aug 2022

A Great Success in 2007 with more to come in 2008

Our project aims to demystify solar technology, simplify product research and the purchase decision, and create the opportunity for participants to decrease their personal environmental footprint while contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.


Solar Homes Tour A Great Success June 14th

10 Aug 2022

This year at the Strawberries and Asparagus Festival, the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative launched the first ever free and guided residential solar tour.  This exciting new initiative gave 50+ participants the chance to view the featured photovoltaic or solar thermal installations and an opportunity to speak with homeowners about their solar experience.  You can see a copy of the Solar Homes Tour brochure here and access the interesting article on the Tour published in the Globe and Mail Real Estate section on Friday, June 13th here.

If you have any questions regarding the solar tours specifically feel free to contact us via phone at 416 977 5093 or email at [email protected] we considering doing more of these in the future.


WISE Solar Project in the News

10 Aug 2022

Read all about the success of the WISE Solar Project in the April 2008 edition of Canadian Geographic.  Pick it up at a newstand near you or read a synopsis of the story here .

   For a video clip about the WISE Project go to    City TV News blog site.


2008 Solar Information Kit

10 Aug 2022

Solar information meetings were held on March 4th and 25th. Over 100 people came out to learn about solar energy, about energy audits, about what their neighbours have done, about how they can get involved this year and to meet our vendors.

The Fair this year was held in conjunction with Greenneighbours 21 and the Conservation Council of Ontario .

The Solar Information Kit distributed at the March 25th WISE meeting is available for downloading.

2008 Solar Information Kit

Kit Components

ARISE Technologies System Package Info

After you have read over the material you can:

  1. Fill out the on-line form on the website to your right and use the drop down menu to indicate whether you would like an email or phone  consultation or if you are ready to buy.  We will be in touch.
  2. Submit your sign-up letter. After going over the material and doing your site assessment, if you have made your decision to go ahead download the sign-up letter, fill it in, and submit it as an email attachment to [email protected], by fax to 416-599-3100 or drop it off at 248 Rushton Road.
  3. Visit the websites of our vendors - ARISE Technologies, Globe Solar Energy and Green$aver.
  4. Note:  Prices quoted are for installations within the project boundaries - Dupont St., Spadina Rd., Briar Hill Cres., Keele St. Vendors may charge more for installations beyond these boundaries.




WISE Project 2007 Report

10 Aug 2022

The West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy (WISE) is a community-led renewable energy project to organize the bulk purchase of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) and Solar Hot Water (SHW) systems by residents of West Toronto. As of Dec/07 we had 46 systems installed and another 40 scheduled for installation as soon as the weather permited in spring/08. The project demystifies solar technology, simplifies product research and the purchase decision, creating the opportunity for participants to decrease their personal environmental footprint while contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in Toronto.

The numbers were impressive. WISE 2007 had 160 requests for home site evaluations. Only 14 homes proved unsuitable for an installation. Of the remaining 146 homes, 86 systems were ordered as of December 1/07 and we hope many more will commit come spring 2008. Participants are  investing  more than $160,000 for 60 solar hot water systems installed by Globe Solar Energy and $570,000 for 26 solar electric systems, totalling 57 Kilowatts of capacity, installed by ARISE Technologies. And these systems are already having an impact displacing natural gas or feeding electricity to the grid reducing Green House Gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto. But much more needs to be done. 

If you want to view some of the 2007 installations click on the links below for Web Albums of some Solar thermal installations and some of the PV sites. There is also a link to an excellent Map with our installation sites on it.  And we have made our original RFP document available for people who may be planning their own Solar Initiative.  Finally we have a link to an excellent presentation about the WISE Solar Project and the Downtown West Solar Project which David Booz and Ken Traynor made to the CANSIA National Solar Conference in November 2007.  Check it out.  It is the best summary of our projects, warts and all, that is available.  We hope you find the information useful.

View our presentation to the CANSIA 2007 National Solar Conference click on the David Booz et al presentation

View a Web Album of some WISE Project Solar Hot Water Installations

View a Web Album of some WISE Project Solar PV Installations

View a Map of our 2007 WISE project Installation Sites

Original WISE Project 2007 Request for Proposals Document


                WISE Project 2007 Installation Sites
Brief WISE Project Chronology/History
  • June – Sep./06 Three public recruitment meetings
  • Nov/06 - Standard Offer Program (SOP) announced
  • January – April/07 - RFP development
  • May 1 circulation of RFP by OSEA and CANSIA
  • May 24 to June 7 - vendor selection
  • June 14 website updated with solar information kit, prices and web links to the two winning contractors, ARISE and Globe Solar
  • June 14 Solar information email sent to 300+
  • June 19 first Solar information night with vendors 150 attended generating 72 home visit requests.
  • July 5 first Solar Hot Water installation completed
  • July 11 second Solar info night staged increasing request for home evaluations to 111
  • July 15 first PV array installation completed
  • July 16 first SOP contract application submitted
  • July 20 closure of eligibility for vendor discounts based on confirmed sales. Registration now 145
  • Both ARISE and Globe Solar hire local residents as representatives to accelerate participant contact
  • September 17 first 11 SOC issued, Oct 1st 9 more
  • September 26 first dual meter base and inverter installed
  • November 14th first PV system hooked up to the grid!
  • March 4th WISE Solar fair starts Phase 2

Please circulate information about the WISE Project to any friends, neighbours or colleagues you feel would be interested.

Help make WISE the largest residential solar project in Canada.

If you have questions email [email protected] and put WISE Question in the Subject line.


West Toronto Initiative for Solar Energy