The TDSB began investing in renewable energy technologies in 2010, with a particular focus on the installation of solar PV systems on school rooftops. The first systems were installed by the TDSB on 11 schools. The TDSB has a contract to sell this electricity to the Independent Electricity System Operator, projected to earn a total of about $3.4 million for the Environmental Legacy Fund over the duration of the 20-year contract.
An agreement with Potentia Renewable Inc. saw a further 339 TDSB schools have solar PV systems installed on their rooftops. Overall, this program saw the installation of close to 148,000 solar panels. The Beach Community Energy Corp. has 1 installation at Kew Beach PS. All told, the TDSB has a total installed capacity of about 38 megawatts (MW) on 351 buildings.
These solar arrays on TDSB schools offset over 30,000 tonnes of CO2 between the 2013/14 and 2017/18 school years. TDSB Solar School installations are part of the Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program which encourages greater use of renewable energy sources including solar photovoltaic (PV).