Ontario Liberal Clean-Energy Plan Creating 50,000 Jobs

Eclipsall In Scarborough Growing Thanks To Ontario Liberal Plan

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - The Ontario Liberal Plan has delivered 20,000 new clean-energy jobs for Ontario families and is on track to create 50,000 by the end of 2012, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced today.

"Our plan is building the most knowledgeable, highly skilled workforce around — and that's helping to create a clean-energy economy," said McGuinty. "Eclipsall has not only chosen to be part of what we're building, they're preparing to grow with us, choosing a site with extra room to expand as they find more customers and create even more jobs."

Eclipsall Energy Corp in Scarborough is one of more than 30 businesses that have announced new or expanding Ontario manufacturing plants since 2009. They're creating 100 new jobs and have entered a long-term partnership with an international solar development company to manufacture modules for solar projects across North America. This expansion will create 200 jobs, which is why they've chosen a 120,000 square foot manufacturing facility with room to grow.

"Canada and Ontario are highly regarded with respect to the quality of manufacturing of any product. We are thrilled to have the Ontario market as our home but our vision has never left the international potential and growth of the global solar sector," said Les Lyster, CEO of Eclipsall.

Some of Eclipsall's products are tailored specifically to Ontario's microFIT market.  MicroFIT projects — which are small solar projects under 10kw — are part of the Ontario Liberal clean-energy plan.  Since the program was launched, more than 30,000 applications have been submitted — mainly by farmers and rural homeowners. So far, 7,600 of these projects have connected to the grid and are generating power from the sun — as well as income for thousands of farmers, homeowners and small businesses.

Both opposition parties have said they'd scrap the Ontario Liberal clean energy plan, killing microFIT projects and jobs. The Hudak PCs $14 billion hole would also mean deep cuts to education, depriving us of the highly skilled workers who attract companies like Eclipsall. The Horwath NDP would introduce a crushing $9 billion in job-killing taxes.  Both would take Ontario off track at the worst time.

"Our bold plan will position Ontario to become North America's biggest manufacturer of clean technology. Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to keep Ontario moving forward, together," said McGuinty.


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CLEAN-ENERGY ECONOMY

Only Ontario Liberals have a plan to build a clean-energy economy. Through the Green Energy Act, Ontario Liberals are attracting new investment in the renewable energy sector and creating tens of thousands of clean-energy jobs. One element of this plan is microFIT, which allows farmers, small businesses and homeowners to earn money by selling clean electricity back to the grid.

microFIT

The Ontario Liberal microFIT program was launched in 2009 and is a key component of the Ontario Liberal Green Energy Act.

The microFIT program provides guaranteed pricing for renewable electricity production under long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources, including: solar, wind, waterpower and bioenergy (biogas, biomass, landfill gas). MicroFiT projects must 10 KW or less in size.

Participants in the microFIT project receive a 20-year contract that provides a predictable, stable source of revenue for producing and delivering electricity to the province's grid. This helps pay for the costs of installing a solar panel on a rooftop or property — and allows participants to earn a reasonable rate of return on investment over the term of the contract.

Since the microFIT program began, over 30,000 applications have been received — the vast majority from farmers and rural homeowners. To date, over 7,600 have been connected to the grid and are generating power from the sun.

Benefits

Over the next three years, Ontario Liberals will finish replacing coal with clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases and other pollutants — microFIT is helping us get there. It's building a healthier environment by generating electricity from clean sources

We know the cost of oil and gas are only going to go up, while the price of clean energy will only go down. As demand rises for technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines and biomass, more Ontarians will be needed to design, build, install, operate and maintain these technologies — creating new local businesses and green jobs.

The Ontario Liberal Plan to build a clean-energy economy, including microFIT projects, has created 20,000 new jobs and is on track to create 50,000 new jobs by 2012.

Only Ontario Liberals will ensure microFIT continues — building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system that's keeping the lights on for families and businesses, creating thousands of jobs, and cleaning up the air we breathe.

SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party

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Ontario Liberal Party Media Office:
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