TORONTO—The federal government is throwing its support behind a Toronto-based solar energy firm, signing a $305,000 deal with Morgan Solar Inc. through the Build in Canada Innovation Program (BCIP).
Public Works and Government Services Canada announced the contract for Morgan Solar’s Savanna PV, a high-efficiency modular sun tracking system.
Lightweight and self-stabilizing, Morgan Solar hopes the Savanna system will bring down the overall installation and development costs of solar panel installation.
The turnkey system can be assembled with basic tools and eliminates the need for concrete foundations, cranes or other costly heavy machinery for both the setup and maintenance of the module.
Using a quadrangular frame, the Savanna can be unfolded into a self-ballasted diamond-shaped boxframe.
Armatures are then inserted by hand into a post at each corner of the frame before panel frames and photovoltaic panels are mounted.
Morgan Solar boasts that the entire system can be set up by four people in 20 to 30 minutes, cutting down on costly engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) typically associated with renewable energy installations.
And with dual-axis tracking, the Savanna systems increases power output by between 25 and 40 per cent over fixed tracking systems.
The company said the system is ideally suited for capped or otherwise reclaimed land where digging is not permitted, and remote areas where roads or other infrastructure aren’t equipped to support the loads of transporting heavy equipment to and from site.
Launched in 2010, the BCIP was started as a pilot program to connect Canadian firms with federal departments and agencies to demonstrate the value of their products and services, and potentially generate future sales to non-government customers.