OYA Solar's feed-in is online

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Windsor Star/Dave Hall

Windsor-based OYA Solar has become the first solar company in the province to have a feed-in tariff project on its own roof.

The 135.2-kilowatt system on the company's 30,000-squarefoot roof on the city's far west side is capable of generating enough clean energy each day to power 12 average homes and offset more than 123,000 pounds of fossil fuels annually.

Chris Uszynski, OYA's director of sales and marketing, said the project was completed about a month ago and just recently went online.

"We're lucky in that we own our own building so that makes this project a natural fit for us," said Uszynski.

Uszynski said OYA is currently installing about 2.5 megawatts of panels across the county, including a major project on the roof of Atlas Tube in Harrow.

OYA used Polar Racking, its own subsidiary, to provide the Peter Street project's mounting system which is also locally manufactured.

"We selected Polar for this job due to its ease of assembly and low long-term maintenance costs," said Manish Na-yar, managing partner of OYA Solar. "The Polar system reduces installation time allowing us to focus our resources on other critical issues during installation."

OYA, which has offices in Windsor, Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, now has more than 300 commercial and residential installations in its portfolio. The company has 54 employees in Windsor, four in Toronto and a handful in its U.S. offices.