2017 Powering Prosperity Award Winners
Community Project of the Year Award
Presenter: Mary Sye, Enbridge Gas Distribution
Award winner: Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, Wawa, Ontario
The Wawa Energy Plan Project demonstrates innovative community engagement, best practices and shines the light on the project lead, Economic Development Corporation of Wawa, whose grassroots and capital initiatives encourages energy conservation in Wawa. The Economic Development Corporation of Wawa (EDC of Wawa) was contracted to develop the Wawa Municipal Energy Plan (Wawa MEP). An EDC of Wawa Energy Committee was formed to lead and oversee the development of the planning process which was comprised of municipal, community and energy stakeholder representatives. A strong partnership with the local distribution company (LDC) Algoma Power Inc. was maintained throughout this project. The capstone engagement initiative of the plan “Wawa Green Days 2015” was of importance as it reiterated that residents of Wawa are passionate about embracing a culture of conservation and adopting energy plan recommendation into their daily lives. The Wawa Energy Plan created the building blocks to move forward with a strategy that aligns with community, provincial and global sustainability goals by leveraging partnership, research and innovation.
Manufacturer of the Year Award
Presenter: Matias de Dovitis, Duke Heights BIA
Award winner: Silfab Solar Inc., Mississauga, Ontario
Silfab Solar is a quality international leader in the development, manufacturing and distribution of ultra- high efficiency PV modules with just-in-time manufacturing. Silfab’s state-of-the-art, 300 megawatts manufacturing facility located in Toronto has helped pioneer smart module technology, glass on glass solutions and bifacial modules. Silfab’s technically innovative process produces superior reliability and performance specifically designed for the North American market. Each year their facility in Mississauga contributes over 300 megawatts of solar panels which produce pollution free, clean energy that is put back onto the grid and helps green our energy systems. This 300 megawatts is the equivalent to 557,768,112 pounds of carbon dioxide, which is the comparable to carbon dioxide emissions from 37, 360 home's electricity use for one year. They also implement water and energy conservation, landfill reduction and recycling initiatives.
of the Year Award
Presenter: Janet Stewart, SmartNet Alliance
Award winner: Ryan Duffy, Blackstone Energy Services Inc., Toronto, Ontario
Ryan Duffy is the President & CEO of Blackstone Energy Services Inc., a Toronto-based firm that manages energy portfolios for a diverse range of companies across North America. Blackstone is a leading provider of integrated, custom energy management solutions that help large energy users achieve efficiency improvement, renewable generation and carbon offsetting. In 2003, when he started Blackstone from the ground up, Ryan’s vision was to help underserved market of large energy users in North America. Thirteen years later, Blackstone manages approximately $3billion worth of energy portfolios for a diverse range of 700+ clients across North America, and has a client retention of 98%. One of the most important initiatives that Ryan is currently leading is the implementation and growth of the new Energy Solutions team on the Blackstone roster. The Energy Solutions team was created to help hospitals, universities and condominiums minimize their energy consumption and carbon footprint.
Community Developer of the Year Award
Presenter: Dawn Lambe (OSEA Board Member), Biomass North Development Centre
Award winner: Beach Community Energy Co-operative, Toronto, Ontario
BCEC is a renewable energy cooperative based in the east end of Toronto comprised of parents and staff of the Kew Beach Junior Public School. In 2009, BCEC urged the school administration to participate in a competition for a provincial grant for a new school roof, solar panels and other conservation upgrades, which were installed in 2011. In March of 2014, BCEC was awarded a FIT 3.0 contract, which created an investment opportunity for BCEC and achieved commercial operation on September 2, 2016. This pilot project demonstrates the viability of community investment in solar energy on school rooftops. The solar panels on Kew Beach Junior Public School produce one third of the school’s annual electrical needs,15 tonne GHG emission reduction and showcases the power of community collaboration. BCEC sees local public schools as potential community energy hubs that could help reduce the carbon footprint of each neighbourhood.
Non-Profit of the Year Award
Presenter: Brooke Hayward, Brant Renewable Energy
Award winner: Sustainability CoLab, Kitchener, Ontario
Sustainability CoLab launched in January 2014 to scale a successful model from the Waterloo Region of engaging businesses in the solution to climate change. In just 3 years, CoLab has grown to support a network of 8 non-profits in communities across Ontario that are collectively working with 200 businesses locally to set and achieve targets to reduce their environmental impacts. They support their members through 1:1 coaching, providing programs and tools and resources, organizing peers learning opportunities, making connections and building partnerships that will accelerate the launch and growth of their programs. As a backbone organization, CoLab also mobilizes funding, and share the on-the-ground business success stories to build public will and create the political space for more ambitious investments and policies that can accelerate the transition to a more sustainable economy.
Developer of the Year Award
Presenter: Dan Golberger (OSEA Board Member), Perpetual Energy
Award winner: Anvil Crawler, Elora, Ontario
Anvil Crawler Development Corp. is a sustainable energy developer that is changing the way people think about green energy. They provide simple, yet powerful options for energy production and storage that are not only good for their clients, but great for the planet. In just one year, their team has developed an impressive shelf of customizable energy production and storage products, which can be combined to create hybrid energy solutions. Their products include; The Anvil E-house, a customizable pre-outfitted energy inverter room; Micro Combined Heat and Power Systems; Electric Car Charging Stations. With their expertise in construction and renewable energy, the electrical industry, and real estate management, they realize the challenges and needs that need to be met when making the transition to off-grid energy.Their systems have been implemented at dozens of sites across Ontario, saving countless megawatts of power.
Sustainable Project of the Year Award
Presenter: Joe Mulhall, Canadian Union of Skilled Workers
Award winner: Canadian Energy, Toronto, Ontario
Canadian Energy is a leader in renewables and energy storage. Their off-grid Aerospace Assembly/ Operations Hanger is the world’s first ever off-grid aircraft maintenance facility. The project is a collaborative joint-venture between Solar Ship Inc., Canadian Energy and Legacy Building Solutions. The innovation lies in the integration of various commercial off the shelf elements into a pre-engineered building that meets all the government code requirements for a regulated urban airport setting, yet also meets the robust reliability needs of an off-grid, remote setup. Load-shifting micro-grids sources by distributed generation still require a large amount of customized planning, engineering and construction expertise, and Canada is in a position to lead the global race in adapting PV to remote settings.
20/20 Leadership Award
Presenter: Zachary McCue (OSEA Board Member), Dickinson Wright LLP
Award winner: Bullfrog Power – Representative: Ron Seftel, Toronto, Ontario
Bullfrog Power has played a unique role over the past ten years in helping Ontario to move closer to achieving a thriving sustainable energy sector through their core renewable energy offerings, which enable businesses and individuals to choose renewable energy (including electricity, biogas and even the transportation sector with biofuel) for their homes or businesses. Through their customers’ support, Bullfrog Power has contributed to the development of more than 70 community-based renewable energy projects across Canada, with more than 20 in Ontario including; Queen’s Solar Education Centre, Kew Beach School Solar Project, ZooShare, SolarShare and Oxford Community Energy Co-operative. Bullfrog Power also hosts regular events for their residential and business customers to continuously engage the bullfrogpowered community.
Special Recognition Awards
Special Recognition Award for most outstanding Green Energy Doors Open 2016 Host
Presenter: Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
Winner: Sea Container Cabin, Trent Lakes, Ontario
Nestled in Kawartha Lakes lies an off-grid sea container cabin made of 7 shipping containers. Designed by Jason Rioux, Vice President of NRStor and founder of Sea Container Cabin, the ‘Octopod’ features a unique Hub-and-Spoke design. His goal was to design and build a one-of-a-kind off-grid sea container cabin prototype in the outskirts of Toronto to establish design and construction techniques that will benefit future projects. The cabin is completely off-grid and independent of all municipal services, 1 KW solar power system for the entire cabin. All construction is conducted by local tradespeople and materials were purchased from local businesses and manufacturers. During Green Energy Doors Open, Sea Container Cabin was effective in drawing attention to their event and the overall campaign through radio and newspaper interviews. The Sea Container Cabin is inspiring a growing number of shipping container cabin enthusiasts across Canada and around the world.
Special Recognition Award for Excellence in Conservation
Presenter: Dr. Christine Koenig, Ontario Sustainability Service (OSEA Board Member)
Winner : Savings by Design by Enbridge Gas Distribution, North York, Ontario
Enbridge Gas Distribution is committed to delivering energy efficiency programs that promote environmental stewardship, conservation, education and benefits to customers. The Savings by Design program improves the efficiency of new homes and buildings and helps owners to save their energy costs by offering support and financial incentives during the design and construction phases. Their Home Energy Conservation program has been encouraging homeowners to conserve energy and reduce utility bills through energy audits before and after energy-efficient upgrades. Over the course of 4 years, nearly 20,000 households have participated in the program, and overall the portfolio has exceeded above 25% in annual gas savings.
Special Recognition Award for Most Innovative Business Model
Presenter: Obie Agusiegbe (OSEA Board Member) (EnvironFocus and Director of OSEA)
Winner: Polaron Solartech Corporation, Scarborough, Ontario
Polaron Solartech Corp is a BBB accredited business that strives to provide customers with the best innovative solar programs in Ontario. They offer an all-inclusive package that includes design developing, financial planning, installation and professional maintenance. Their dedicated team works tirelessly to ensure that each step is accomplished with care and precision so that their customers get both the quality of a good solar panel system and the highest quantity of savings.