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Aug 31
2016
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Solar Provider Group partners with the City of Mississauga to build out a portfolio of rooftop solar projects across the city

Toronto, August 31, 2016 – Today, Solar Provider Group, a vertically integrated global leader in the development, construction and operation of solar PV electrical generation assets, is announcing a partnership with the City of Mississauga to bring close to 400 kilowatts of rooftop solar generation to fruition across the city.  Construction of two projects, one atop the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre and the other on the Huron Park Recreation Centre, is now complete with interconnection to the local electricity grid and power production scheduled for early September.

“Solar Provider Group is proud to partner with the City of Mississauga to bring clean, renewable electricity to these communities.” said Sebastian Seyfarth, CEO, Solar Provider Group. “We applaud the City’s leadership on solar. Projects like these clearly demonstrate Mississauga’s commitment to environmental excellence, and set an important example for local residents and businesses, as well as other municipalities, in terms of taking action in support of clean and sustainable sources of energy.”

The City of Mississauga is making the solar power generation projects possible by leasing roof space to Solar Provider Group at the two sites. Developed under Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff program, the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre and Huron Park Recreation Centre projects have peak output capacities of 209 kilowatts and 179 kilowatts respectively. Together, the two systems employ 1,257 solar modules which are expected to produce a combined total of approximately 454,000 kWh of clean, pollution-free electricity annually. Apart from their environmental benefits, the projects have generated a number of engineering, construction and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth.

KB Racking Inc., an Ontario-based manufacturer of best-in-class mounting systems for solar installations, supplied their EkonoRack 2.0 mounting solution – a lightweight, non-penetrating system designed for rapid installation. The solar systems will provide an added benefit of protecting the community centre rooftops from the sun and elements, extending the lifetime of the roof on both buildings.

Solar Provider Group has completed over 100 commercial-scale solar projects under Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff program, in addition to the development of many more commercial, utility-scale and community solar projects across the United States, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

About Solar Provider Group

Solar Provider Group is one of the world’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies. SPG specializes in the development, financing, engineering, construction as well as the operation and maintenance of commercial and utility-scale solar installations. With more than 10 years of experience in solar spanning multiple continents, Solar Provider Group has completed hundreds of solar projects globally, working with Fortune 500 companies, leading REITs, municipalities and other government entities. Learn more at www.www.solarprovidergroup.com

To view the City of Mississauga’s press release, please click here

Dec 14
2015
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Ontario Solar Provider announces rebranding to Solar Provider Group

Toronto, ON – December 14, 2015 – Ontario Solar Provider, Inc. today announced that it has adopted a new name and logo to further align with its clients’ goals and unite the group of company’s various affiliated entities under one global brand. OSP, along with its global affiliates and subsidiaries in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and other international markets, will commence business operations under the new global brand, Solar Provider Group, effective immediately.

Solar Provider Group’s new name and logo, coupled with the launch of a global website (www.www.solarprovidergroup.com), will allow the company to deliver a clear, powerful and consistent message to its customers in Canada and across international markets. These customers, which include Fortune 500 companies, leading multinational organizations and government entities around the world, can continue to rely on Solar Provider Group for its experience and unrivalled expertise in the delivery of customized solar solutions.

“Through the years, our company has evolved from a regional player to one of the world’s leading, vertically integrated solar PV companies.” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman of Solar Provider Group. “We are very proud of the pioneering role our company has played in helping to build the Ontario solar market. As we continue to grow here in Canada, as well as internationally via our affiliates and subsidiaries, the time was right to align our various businesses globally under the Solar Provider Group brand. This change will unite our team around the world and allow us to further align with the goals of our clients, many of whom are implementing solar across their operations on a global scale.”

About Solar Provider Group

Solar Provider Group is one of the world’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies. SPG specializes in the development, financing, engineering, construction as well as the operation and maintenance of commercial and utility-scale solar installations. With more than 10 years of experience in solar spanning multiple continents, Solar Provider Group has completed hundreds of solar projects globally, working with Fortune 500 companies, leading REITs, municipalities and other government entities. Learn more at www.www.solarprovidergroup.com

Sep 25
2015
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Solar Provider Group Ranked #1 as Toronto’s Fastest Growing Company in the 2015 PROFIT 500

Toronto – (September 25, 2015) Canadian Business and PROFIT Magazine ranked Solar Provider No. 8 on the 27th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. According to the 2015 PROFIT 500 list, Solar Provider Group also ranks No. 1 as the fastest growing company based in the City of Toronto. Published in the October issue of Canadian Business and at PROFITguide.com, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth.

Solar Provider Group made the 2015 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 5,255%.

“The PROFIT 500 represent the highest tier of entrepreneurialism in Canada,” says James Cowan, Editor-in-chief of PROFIT and Canadian Business. “They should be lauded for the positive economic contributions they’ve made to their communities—and the entire country.  They are examples of what can be accomplished with innovation, discipline and determination.”

“Solar Provider Group is honoured to be on the PROFIT 500 ranking yet again,” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman of Solar Provider Group. “This achievement reflects our company’s continued leadership in the solar industry, as well as the dedication and hard work of our team.”

Solar Provider Group is one of the world’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies. SPG specializes in the development, financing, engineering, construction, as well as operations and maintenance of commercial and utility scale solar installations. Solar Provider Group has completed over 100 commercial scale solar projects in Ontario representing more than 50 MW of installed capacity. Globally, SPG has installed over 100 MW of solar PV.

About PROFIT and PROFITguide.com

PROFIT is Canada’s preeminent media brand dedicated to the management issues and opportunities facing small and mid-sized businesses. For 33 years, Canadian entrepreneurs across a vast array of economic sectors have remained loyal to PROFIT because it’s a timely and reliable source of actionable information that helps them achieve business success and get the recognition they deserve for generating positive economic and social change. Visit PROFIT at PROFITguide.com.

About Canadian Business

Founded in 1928, Canadian Business is the longest-serving, best-selling and most-trusted business publication in the country. With a total print readership of more than 600,000, it is the country’s premier media brand for executives and senior business leaders. It fuels the success of Canada’s business elite with a focus on the things that matter most: leadership, innovation, business strategy and management tactics. We provide concrete examples of business achievement, thought-provoking analysis and compelling storytelling, all in an elegant package with bold graphics and great photography. Canadian Business—what leadership looks like.

Sep 17
2015
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Solar Provider Group flips the switch on Diamond Head solar project

Cobourg, September 17, 2015 – Solar Provider Group, one of the World’s leading, fully integrated solar PV companies, together with Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc., are celebrating the opening ceremony of a 600 kW solar project in Cobourg, Ontario.

The solar project, located on the rooftop of Diamond Head Industrial Mall at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, is a shining example of how property owners are working together with Solar Provider Group to take advantage of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program. Through its rooftop lease model, Solar Provider Group builds, owns and operates the solar system on the client’s rooftop at no capital cost to the property owner. The property owner benefits from having solar onsite and monetizing what is otherwise unused roof space.

“By choosing to partner with Solar Provider Group for solar on its facility, Diamond Head is supporting the development of renewable energy and a cleaner Ontario electricity grid, while earning additional revenue and spurring the local economy” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman of Solar Provider Group.

“We are very proud of the solar project at our facility,” said Gord Atkinson, Partner and Property Manager at Diamond Head Mall. “Not only are we enhancing sustainability, partnering with Solar Provider Group enabled us to tap into a steady stream of income through their rooftop lease.”

The project was developed, engineered and installed by Solar Provider Group, which manages every aspect of solar seamlessly, from start to finish. KB Racking, Solar Provider Group’s affiliate, supplied their EkonoRack 2.0 mounting solution – a lightweight, durable system designed for rapid installation. The KB Racking team designed the system layout to ensure as much energy as possible could be generated from the rooftop, while adhering to local codes and standards. The solar installation is also fitted with a Schneider 500 kW central inverter and high efficiency Trina solar panels provided by Silfab Solar Inc., all locally sourced from Ontario.

The 600 kW system will generate an estimated 690,000 kWh of clean electricity annually, mitigating the effects of 55 tonnes of carbon dioxide from Ontario’s electricity system – equivalent to powering 70 homes per year. Apart from its environmental benefits, the project has generated a number of construction, engineering and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth. In addition, the Mississaugi First Nation has partnered with Solar Provider Group for a minor equity interest in the solar installation.

About Diamond Head Industrial Mall Inc.                                                                                                                                                                  

Located at 210 Willmott Street in Cobourg, Ontario. This property houses tenants like Sleep Country Canada, Sun Life Financial, Northumberland County Moving Company, Automated Products and Supplies, Dr. Maria Marszal family physician, Primerica, Broken Arrow Services, Prince Edward Regiment, Dr. Katherine Wood Chiropractor, Cobourg Safety, Protoplast Inc., OT Group, Paul Davison-Cobourg Spine and Sports Injury Clinic, Activation Products (Can) Inc., Fastenal Canada, and M.J. Express.

Aug 25
2015
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Solar Provider Group Completes Construction of Calvary Church Photovoltaic Project

Peterborough, August 24, 2015 – Today, Solar Provider Group (SPG), Calvary Church, and Métis Nation of Ontario – BrightRoof Solar celebrate the completion of a 190 kW solar project installed on the roof of the Pentecostal parish building in Peterborough, Ontario. The 190 kW system will deliver more than 265 megawatt hours of clean electricity to the Ontario power grid each year, which is enough energy to power over 26 homes. The project will reduce the emissions footprint of Ontario’s electricity system by approximately 50 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually.

Solar Provider Group developed, engineered and installed the solar project located at 1421 Lansdowne Street West. It is SPG’s first solar project in Peterborough.

In order to maximize output, the solar power system is entirely located on the south-facing portions of the church roof. Given the varying roof angles and sections, special attention was taken to the design of the system. By combining different solar modules and racking systems, SPG’s engineers were able to design a system that suits the unique features of the building.

“We are very appreciative of the care and attention to detail that Solar Provider Group has given throughout the duration of this project.  Their use of a ballasted racking system has kept the integrity of our roof warranty intact, which gives us peace of mind for years to come.” said Paul Malott, Lead Pastor at Calvary Church.

The solar plant is fitted with components manufactured in Ontario. The solar modules were assembled in Guelph by Canadian Solar Solutions, the DC to AC inverters were assembled in London by KACO new energy, and the EkonoRack and SeamRack mounting systems were designed and manufactured in Toronto by KB Racking.

Calvary Church is a shining example of an organization taking advantage of Ontario’s Feed-In Tariff program for solar power. Started in 2009 by the Government of Ontario, this program allows individuals and companies to develop renewable energy projects connected to Ontario’s power grid, while receiving a fixed price per kilowatt hour for the energy produced. Rather than having to pay for the upfront cost of the system, Calvary Church is leasing its roof to Métis Nation of Ontario – BrightRoof Solar (MNO-BR), a limited partnership that owns more than 30 such solar projects across the province.

“Projects like this solar installation at Calvary Church are a great example of how property owners are partnering with solar developers to leverage their unused rooftops, generating additional revenue for their organizations while supporting the development of renewable energy projects across Ontario.” said Sebastian Seyfarth, CEO of Solar Provider Group.

About Calvary Church

Calvary Church has been serving the Peterborough, Ontario community since the 1950s.  The church developed out of a desire to help the children in the south end of Peterborough with their physical and spiritual needs.  Whether it be serving people through their Sunday services or mid-week programs, or serving the community through their facilities or service projects, Calvary has expanded its focus of helping people of all generations both physically and spiritually. http://yourmeetingplace.ca/

About Métis Nation of Ontario – BrightRoof Solar LP

MNO-BR is a partnership between the Métis Nation of Ontario, which is the recognized governance structure of Métis citizens and communities throughout Ontario, and BrightRoof Solar LP. Based in Toronto, BrightRoof was established in response to the Ontario government’s attractive Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program for renewable energy and in the past four years it has become a leading owner and operator of solar PV systems located across the province.

Jul 29
2015
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Solar Provider Group, in partnership with Levy Affiliated and Edge 3 Holdings, celebrates the opening ceremony of the first solar project within LADWP's Feed-in-Tariff program in LA's District 14

Los Angeles, July 29, 2015 – Today, Solar Provider Group, together with Levy Affiliated and Edge 3 Holdings, celebrates the opening ceremony of a 300 kilowatt (kW) rooftop solar project at Angelus Grand Plaza, 3650 East Olympic Boulevard, Los Angeles. The project is the first to be part of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s Feed-in-Tariff (FiT) program in LA’s District 14.

The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program, also known as the CLEAN LA Solar program, is a ground breaking energy program that allows commercial property owners to generate solar power and sell it to the Department of Water and Power at a competitive fixed rate. The result is zero-emission, renewable energy that supports jobs and fuels private investment in the city. The largest program of its kind in the nation, the CLEAN LA Solar program is supported by the Los Angeles Business Council alongside dozens of local businesses and organizations in the CLEAN LA Coalition.

The CLEAN LA Solar program is allowing companies like Solar Provider Group to partner with property owners looking to generate revenue and reduce their environmental footprint. “Projects like this solar installation are a fantastic example of how commercial and industrial property owners are partnering with Solar Provider Group to leverage their rooftops, generating additional revenue for their businesses and supporting the development of clean energy projects across LA.” said Christian Wentzel, Chairman of Solar Provider Group. The process works like this: property owners hire companies such as Solar Provider Group to develop, engineer, and construct the rooftop solar system, and when it’s complete the property owner receives a price per kilowatt-hour (kWh) from the Department of Water and Power for the energy the system produces. Other property owners have chosen to lease their roofs to solar developers, while receiving a portion or the energy income as rent.

The solar project was made possible by the project owner, real estate investment firm Levy Affiliated, and supported through the cooperation of high quality credit tenants at the project host facility, including Food 4 Less and CVS.

The solar plant is fitted with Hanwha solar panels, Sungrow inverters and KB Racking’s EkonoRack mounting system.  The 300 kW system will generate over 540,000 kilowatt hours (kWhs) of clean electricity annually, reducing the emissions footprint of Los Angeles’ electricity system every year by approximately 353 tons of carbon dioxide – equivalent to powering an estimated 83 homes per year. Apart from its environmental benefits, the project has generated a number of construction, engineering and project management jobs, boosting local economic growth.

About Levy Affiliated Holdings LLC

Levy Affiliated is a real estate investment firm founded in 1988 by Shaoul J. Levy. Levy Affiliated acquires and manages assets throughout the United States with an area of focus of value-add commercial properties in the southwestern U.S. The company’s current portfolio totals 41 properties which has an estimated market value of over $500 million.

http://www.levyaffiliated.com/