One Photo is All it Takes
People in Ontario are going solar in a big way. Whether it’s on the farm, their businesses, or their homes, people are choosing energy independence with low-cost solar. Over the summer we received some incredible photo submissions that highlight the unique ways Ontarians use solar power in their daily lives. View the winning submissions below.
Congratulations to the Winners and Runners-Up!
The Winning Submissions:
Solar on Farms
Show us how you’re using solar to power Ontario agriculture!
Winner: David Beking
“At Beking’s Poultry Farm we built a certified organic barn that we designed to become carbon neutral. Through the use of heat exchangers and solar we are completely eliminating our electricity and heating bill at our laying egg farm. We like to say we have solar powered chickens.”
Runner-Up: John Towndrow
“This small system was developed to provide simple lighting for an off-the-grid cabin. With two small batteries, one solar panel, a charge controller, eight LED light fixtures and some speaker wire, we have what we need for task and area lighting. The photo shows the setup before the panel was mounted on the roof. Ontario should encourage as much of this innovation as possible.”
Creative Use of Solar
Are you powering something creative with solar? Show us how!
Winner: Brian Sutherland
“This is a prototype FM radio in a mason jar tuned tp 93.5FM “The Moose’ in Haliburton, Ontario. It runs on solar charged graphene capacitors instead of batteries and gives about 3h of play, easily recharging daily in a sunny window. Graphene capacitors recharge 100,00 – 1,000,000 times and can last 20 years. This will never use more energy than is available – it is a sustainable consumer product.”
Runner-Up: Joan Haysom
“Our house is host to a 23 modules system that were installed in 2012 and have been operational for 6 years now. The picture is from soon after that, when we bought our first Chevy Volt, and shows one of our daughters plugging in the car to charge. The solar, the car and the house are all grid connected. However, we are proud to say that the solar panels produce more energy in a year than our Volt requires for charging for all it’s driving in the year – thus we have a solar powered car!”
Solar in the City
Using solar to go energy independent in the big city? Show us how!
Winner: James Curtis
“This is Ontario’s largest solar carport. It is also Canada’s first net positive building called Evolv 1 in Waterloo Ontario. This site has a peak power of 768kW. The building will self consume the power it needs and then feed back to the grid any excess power.”
Runner-Up: Lee Searles
“We’re a family run business and were fortunate to enroll in the Micro-Fit Program when it was available. Because of the money we earn with our Solar Panels we were recently able to purchase a second building across the street to expand our Estate Sale and the online end of our business. Pictured in front of our Storefront is myself, Lee, my husband Paul, our son Benjamin and the latest employee, our Granddaughter Illyia who routinely earns the Employee of the Month award. As well as using the new building for our business we are planning on building apartments, with one for us, and if the Government of Ontario were to expand access to free-market solar we intend to install solar panels beside the rooftop garden.”
Solar at Work
Working in solar? Show us the projects you’re working on!
Winner: Jim Curtis
“Annual solar tracker maintenance in Owen Sound. This is a microfit contract that feeds power directly to the grid.”
Runner-Up: Spencer Eagle
“I took this photo during a solar install in Toronto early this spring which I was doing on a friends home. He has been able to reduce his Hydro bill by over 60%! The Ontario Government needs to adopt a free market approach to solar as it is the only sustainable way the solar PV industry will be able to continue to grow steadily over the coming decades and make significant dents to the climate crisis that we all face.”