Canada's New Government invests in renewable energy for new homes



    ST. THOMAS, ON, March 14 /CNW Telbec/ - Joe Preston, Member of Parliament
for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today that the Government will provide funding of
$40,000 over two years for a pilot project to incorporate renewable energy in
new homes.
    "Canada's New Government is proud to be a partner in this project, which
will showcase how progressive builders can promote renewable energy technology
in the homes they build," said Mr. Preston. "Its success will raise interest
in the home-building industry and will hopefully lead many other builders to
promote renewable energy."
    Over the next 18 months, Doug Tarry Homes Limited, a home builder in
St. Thomas, Ontario, will build about 100 "Solar Ready" homes. These homes
will have the rough-in for solar hot-water panels done during construction.
Home buyers can choose to have the panels installed immediately or wait and
install them at a later date at a reduced retrofit cost because the homes were
built to be ready for solar energy. Solar Ready also gives buyers of new homes
a more efficient and environmentally responsible home choice.
    "This project will allow home buyers to save from 40 to 50 percent on
their home heating and hot-water energy bills, when compared with homes built
to conventional codes in Ontario," said Doug Tarry Jr., Director of Marketing
and co-owner of Doug Tarry Homes.
    Doug Tarry Homes already meets ENERGY STAR(R) levels of performance in
its new homes. ENERGY STAR is the international symbol of energy efficiency.
The ENERGY STAR Initiative in Canada is administered by Natural Resources
Canada.
    Natural Resources Canada's funding will go toward integrating Solar Ready
into the construction process and to promote Solar Ready to builders and
buyers of new homes.
    This announcement highlights the Government of Canada's commitment to
reducing greenhouse gas and air pollutant emissions - delivering real change
and real results for Canadians.

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    FOR BROADCAST USE:
    The Government of Canada is funding a pilot project in St. Thomas,
    Ontario, to show home buyers how they can save from 40 to 50 percent on
    home heating and hot-water energy bills. The project involves building
    about 100 homes that are ready to have solar energy installed.




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For further information: media may contact: Ghyslain Charron, Media
Relations, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, (613) 992-4447; Kathleen Olson,
Acting Director of Communications, Office of the Minister, Natural Resources
Canada, Ottawa, (613) 996-2007; And general public may contact: Mon-Fri,
8:30-4:30 EDT, (613) 995-0947, TTY: (613) 996-4397 (teletype for the
hearing-impaired), questions@nrcan.gc.ca; NRCan's news releases and
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