Joint Meetings to Report on Results of Smart Community Demonstration Project Held in Oshawa, Canada
February 27, 2019
On February 19, 2019, NEDO, together with Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) and Tabuchi Electric Co., Ltd. (the project's entrusted party), held a forum in the City of Oshawa, Ontario, to report on the results of NEDO's smart community demonstration project. Attendees at the forum included representatives of the City of Oshawa and Ontario Province and local residents who participated in the project. In addition, the Deputy Consul-General of Japan in Toronto, Mr. Satoshi Ominato, attended the forum as a guest. Later the same day, a briefing on the results of the demonstration project was provided at a meeting of the Oshawa City Council.
NEDO Executive Director Takashi Omote provided remarks noting that under the project, a hybrid inverter system for unified control of solar panels and a storage battery was installed in 30 residences in Oshawa, and the project verified that the new system could successfully provide backup power during outages as well as grid stabilization. Executive Director Omote also expressed his hope that the project results would be disseminated widely.
The importance of participating in the project was reflected in comments from Oshawa residents who noted that the new system provided a sense of security by supplying electricity for lights and household appliances during nighttime power outages. In addition, OPUC representatives noted that, by working with Japan, the utility was able to realize significant outcomes in Oshawa such as reducing environmental impacts, launching innovative renewable energy initiatives, and creating new services.
NEDO Executive Director Takashi Omote delivering remarks
Forum on project results
Participants at forum
Meeting at Oshawa City Council