Spark Power, in partnership with Evergreen, are working together on the development of a solar power/energy storage microgrid project at the Evergreen Brick Works site in the Don Valley region of Toronto.
The objective of the project is to provide an opportunity to showcase innovative renewable energy solutions and promote the site as a teaching tool to educate members of the general public on the benefits of microgrids. The project will provide power resiliency and backup power for dedicated loads at the Brick Works site and reduce the facility’s electricity consumption and electricity costs through a net metering framework.
Stay tuned for more information about this exciting project as development progresses.
Evergreen is a national charity whose mission is to inspire and enable action to green cities since 1991. Through Evergreen’s award-winning suite of programs, they have actively engaged Canadians in creating and sustaining healthy urban environments in their schools, their public spaces, in housing and transit systems, and communities themselves.
History of Brick Works
Don Valley Brick Works Park is one of the City’s most valued natural environment parks. The remarkable transformation of this former quarry site into a recreation amenity and nature sanctuary highlights good planning and partnerships between multi-stakeholders. Located in the Lower Don River Valley, Don Valley Brick Works is an internationally significant natural and cultural heritage site located within the Don River watershed. The 16.5 (40.7 acre) site is open for public use. From 1889 to 1989, Don Valley Brick Works was a thriving brick making and distribution industry in the heart of Toronto. Today, Don Valley Brick Works Park is a flagship restoration site, providing crucial natural habitat for a variety of species. The Don Valley Brick Works Is a vibrant site, which includes both the Evergreen Brick Works on the sites industrial building pad, and Don Valley Brick Works Park, a City of Toronto natural area park consisting of the Weston Family Quarry Garden, Governor’s Lookout and accessible trails linked with the Belt Line and Lower Don trails.
Restoration on Don Valley Brick Works Park began in 1995 under the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The Natural Environment and Community Programs Unit of Urban Forestry, City of Toronto, took the lead on restoration efforts, and continues to coordinate management of the park. Today, this former quarry now has wetland, wild flower meadows, and forest habitats, which have all been introduced into different areas of the site in order to create a variety of habitats for plants and animals.
Evergreen Brick Works is Canada’s first large-scale community environmental centre. It is a dynamic venue for exploring ideas and leading-edge green technologies and a vibrant public space where visitors can engage in a broad suite of hands-on environmental programming. Transformed from a collection of deteriorating heritage buildings into a global showcase for green design and urban sustainability, Evergreen Brick Works is both a stage and incubator for Evergreen’s programs.
About Toronto Region Conservation Authority
With more than 60 years of experience, TRCA is one of 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario. Working with municipalities and other partners to look after the watersheds of the Toronto region and its Lake Ontario waterfront, we help people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature’s beauty and diversity.
About Future Cities Canada
Evergreen has joined with three other founding organizations to create Futures Cities Canada which provides the required collaborative infrastructure needed to collectively imagine Canada’s future and accelerate inclusive innovation in Canada’s cities. Canada needs a collaborative infrastructure where better cities can be created that involve transformative change full of new ideas, new technologies and new opportunities for public participation to create cities that are equitable, regenerative and prosperous.
In March 2017, Evergreen began the second major construction project of its history – the redevelopment of the historic kiln building at Evergreen Brick Works. They have transformed the 53,000-sq-ft space into a global demonstration hub, a dynamic year-round innovation and training centre where urban thought leaders and city builders from across sectors can gather to co-create, test and prototype solutions for building inclusive low-carbon cities. The Kiln Building – the site of the Future Cities Centre – will be the national hub for Future Cities Canada, the new city-building initiative launched May 2018. The unique collaborative brings together people, ideas, platforms and innovations from across sectors to find new ways to address the challenges facing cities.