The U., in its quest to become the clean energy superpower of the world, is finally building a roof, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) announcing this week that it will grant permits for a total of 18 new roofs.
“This is going to be a landmark building,” said FERC Chairman Richard Cordray, who also oversees the U.N. Environment Program.
“The federal government is going back to the drawing board and coming up with innovative solutions for the American public.”
In a press release announcing the permits, FERC noted that it was working with industry to develop the best roof for its customers.
The new roofs will have “small footprints” on property, and will be built using materials from across the country.
The roof will have a “composites decking panel” that can be attached to the roof or attached to a deck, and the materials will include aluminum, fiberglass, glass, and other materials.
“With this innovative roof, we will continue to build upon our record of providing American homes and businesses with clean, resilient, energy-efficient roofs that will help meet their energy needs,” FERC said in the press release.
It is unclear whether FERC will actually award permits to build the new roofs, or whether it will wait for approval from the U of T, and then try to get federal funding.
The FERC’s press release said the roofs would be built on rooftops in Ontario, Ontario, New York, and New Jersey, which are all among the areas of the U where rooftop solar panels are growing.
The Canadian government will also be building its own roofs, but FERC does not yet know if it will build its own solar panels, which is a key element of the federal program.
Canada is also seeking to build its first solar farms.
But the U’s plans are ambitious and are likely to take many years to complete.
In Canada, solar panels currently cost between $4,000 and $9,000 per square foot.
The U’s goal is to build a roof that is $3,000 to $6,000, and it is expected that the first roof will cost between about $2,000-$4,500.
The Federal government has also announced plans to build solar farms on the U and Canada’s own land.
“We are taking a lead in developing innovative roof solutions that are cost effective, safe, efficient, and can meet all of the energy needs of the American people,” said U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson in a statement.
“Our government will now play an important role in helping the U develop a national green roof strategy, and we look forward to working with the U government on the implementation of this vision.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has also said that the U has “a lot to learn” about building roofs, and that Canada will look to develop its own green roofs.
FERC plans to issue a report on the new roof projects in early December, and a final decision will be made later in the year.
This is not the first time FERC has granted permits for roofs in Canada.
In February 2016, the U was granted a $1.6 billion grant to build 17 solar farms, with $1 billion in federal funding and a third of the $2.2 billion in private funding that was awarded.
The project is expected to generate about 10 megawatts of electricity, about double what the U will generate with its new solar farms in the U, which will be located in British Columbia and Alberta.