19 May '11, 8pm

As School Roofs Crumble, Toronto Finds Solar Solution

Like many of its counterparts in the United States, the Toronto District School Board oversees a large number of schools that were built as a result of the baby boom. Now that those schools, like their former pupils, are firmly in late middle age, their roofs have become a major financial problem. The board estimates that it faces a $3 billion backlog in roofing repairs. Bloomberg News On Thursday it announced a plan to harness solar power to finance roof repairs over the next four years. The school board, working with two Canadian companies that furnish power from alternative energy sources, will install solar panels on the roofs of about 450 of its 558 schools and sell electricity to Ontario’s government-owned utility. “We’re an ideal local distribution grid for renewable energy,” said Sheila Penny, the director of strategic building and renewal for the school board. The...

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