Habitat for Humanity Toronto unveils first solar energy 20-unit condominium community

Nine families receive keys to their new green energy homes in Toronto's west end

TORONTO, June 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Hundreds will gather at 1500 Weston Road next Tuesday at 12:00 pm to help give nine hardworking families the keys to their new homes on the site of Canada's first solar-panel technology homes built by Habitat for Humanity. Marking Summer Solstice, Habitat Toronto's solar build showcases GreenHouse® certified construction standards and 25-30% more energy efficient homes than those built to minimum Ontario Building Code standards.

The 20 semi-detached houses on Habitat Toronto's "William's Way" development are providing safe and affordable home ownership for almost 100 women, men and children and will be a step towards building energy efficient homes for future low-income families.

"We want a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. To help achieve this mission, we need to build more energy efficient homes that will provide cost savings for our partner family homeowners," says Habitat for Humanity Toronto's CEO Neil Hetherington. "As a non-profit home builder, Habitat Toronto is setting an example for housing solutions in the larger building community."

This solar panel technology will help reduce energy costs for partner family homeowners as well as assist Ontario in its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Low-income families in Toronto may spend up to 17% of their total income on energy to operate their homes. With the help of Habitat for Humanity Toronto, these families can now break the cycle of poverty through home ownership and reduce their ongoing energy expenses. These savings can then go towards other necessities like education and retirement.

In 2009, The Home Depot Canada Foundation made a commitment to partnering with Habitat for Humanity Toronto on the 1500 Weston Road project to install Photovoltaic Solar Panels. "As a Partner in Sustainability," says Peg Hunter, Chair, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and Vice-President, Marketing and Communications, The Home Depot Canada "we value the opportunity to play a role in providing homes to Habitat Toronto's partner families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own."

What:  William's Way Dedication Ceremony
   
Who:  - Neil Hetherington, CEO, Habitat for Humanity Toronto
  - Frances Nunziata - Local Councillor, York South-Weston
  - Laura Albanese -MPP, York South-Weston
  - Habitat Partner Families
   
Where: 1500 Weston Road (near Weston Rd. & Jane St. intersection)
   
When:   Tuesday, June 21, 2011
  12:00 PM to 2:00 PM

***Media are invited to attend and interviews will be available***
Please visit www.torontohabitat.ca/about for more information on Habitat for Humanity Toronto.

 

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Toronto

For further information:

Neil Hetherington    Joanna M. Dwyer
Chief Executive Officer    Marketing & Communications Associate
Habitat for Humanity Toronto   Habitat for Humanity Toronto
Cell: (416) 436-4190    Office: (416) 755-7353 ext. 228
  Cell: (416) 436-4970

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