Wonderland Mini Storage's new 200 kW solar system

05. July 2011 | By:  Kimberly Ngan

London’s Wonderland Mini Storage has recently commissioned Ontario’s first 200 kW solar system using Enphase microinverters.

A very happy customer, Wonderland Mini Storage, realized that a solar project was a great opportunity to reduce its carbon footprint, create local jobs and generate power and revenue.

This large scale project could not have been accomplished without the efforts and teamwork of all the partners involved: Ray’s Electric Inc., Solar Systems on Site, Sentinel Solar, Enphase Energy, and Solgate Solar.

It was important to Wonderland Mini Storage to have local companies participate in this project and due to the size of the installation, gathering an experienced team was critical. After much research, Don Payne of Ray’s Electric Inc. in London was selected as the project lead.

Having just installed a 10kW system on his home, Payne was impressed with Sentinel Solar and selected them to supply the project components. Solar Systems on Site rounded out the team and installation was underway.

This impressive system was locally manufactured and consisted of 888 Enphase M190 microinverters (produced in Newmarket), 225W Solgate Solar panels (produced in Woodbridge) and Sentinel Solar racking (produced in Richmond Hill) to complete an array that will generate approximately 254 Megawatts per year of renewable energy that will be fed back into the grid under the FIT program.

Don from Ray’s Electric Inc. Inc. along with Brian Gatschene and his sons, Jeff and Wes, from Solar Systems on Site, worked together to successfully install this big project. Their 25 year professional and personal relationship made the process a very positive experience: “Their work ethic is so much like our own we knew we would make a great team,” Don said. “They take pride in everything they do, and it certainly shows.”

R. Russell Construction and Guillevin International, both local London companies, also assisted in the project. “This was the first Enphase installation of its size in Ontario, and we’re seeing the range of projects using Enphase expand as more integrators seek us out for commercial-scale solar installations,” said Jeff Loebbaka, vice president of worldwide sales for Enphase Energy.

“Sentinel Solar, our largest partner in Canada, used our microinverters to deliver a reliable clean energy system to Wonderland Mini Storage that comes with lifetime, built in monitoring to ensure system uptime.”

The system can be viewed online at http://www.solarsystemsonsite.ca/fit.html.

This is a very exciting time for the developing Ontario solar industry. According to Don, “this program was started to produce clean energy and promote jobs for Ontarians and we feel this project accomplished both!”