VAUGHAN, ON, March 9, 2012 /CNW/ - NorthGrid Solar Inc. ("NorthGrid"), an Ontario-based Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company, is pleased to announce the construction of a 701kW rooftop solar project, part of the Ontario Power Authority's Feed In Tariff (FIT) Program and located at The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. ("Metro Tea") in Etobicoke, ON.

The project utilizes NorthGrid's unique elevated truss system (ETS) which provides ongoing roof access, opportunity for greater revenue and optimized system performance to the project owner.  The ETS system is best suited for industrial, commercial or institutional buildings with a large number of rooftop units that cause shading or rooftops that are unable to support ballasted solar energy systems.

"NorthGrid is excited to be working with Metro Tea, an importer and supplier of premium teas and tea-related products from around the world." said Carlo Di Gioacchino, President and CEO of NorthGrid Solar Inc.  "Their vision of long term environmental sustainability makes Metro Tea a perfect complement to the Ontario Green Energy Program." said Mr. Di Gioacchino.

"NorthGrid Solar has proven to been a professional, responsive and technically superior choice for constructing one of Ontario's largest roof top solar projects while we continued to operate our business inside the building." said Gerry Vandergrift, President & CEO of The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. "We have been extremely pleased with their end-to-end customer-focused process as well."  After grid construction, NorthGrid's ETS system and pre-assembly process enabled 701kW of panels to be installed in 7 days thus reducing wear and tear on the roof.

NorthGrid Solar is scheduled to complete many megawatts of ETS and ballast mount projects throughout Ontario.

About NorthGrid Solar Inc.

NorthGrid Solar ( is a leading provider of turn-key rooftop solar PV systems. Leveraging a combined 60+ years of photovoltaic experience in Ontario, NorthGrid Solar provides full project services to FIT contract holders from concept to completion. Customers benefit from a multidisciplinary team of professionals who manage feasibility studies, structural and electrical engineering, permitting and LDC interaction, procurement, construction, commissioning, OPA contract management and long-term operational support. In addition to traditional mounting systems, NorthGrid Solar also offers a proprietary Elevated Truss System option to address concerns with roof capacity, density, maintenance, and thermal losses.

For further information:

For Media Contacts Carlo Di Gioacchino President and CEO NorthGrid Solar Inc. 905-265-7699 x 232

Gerry Vandergrift President and CEO The Metropolitan Tea Company Ltd. 416-588-0089