Clean Air Foundation Launches Solar Program For Ontario Homeowners



    TORONTO, Sept. 7 /CNW/ - The Clean Air Foundation is launching Go Solar,
a program to help Ontarians reach the McGuinty government's goal of 100,000
solar roofs. Go Solar provides people with the information they need to
install solar energy systems to heat water or generate electricity and
highlights new government incentives.
    "We're committed to making Ontario the solar capital of North America,
and the Go Solar program is helping us get there," said Energy Minister Dwight
Duncan. "Today's announcement is another important step toward building a
cleaner and greener energy future for Ontario."
    The Go Solar website and information hotline provide information to help
Ontarians make their purchases, including an overview of the technologies,
prices, installation information, and links to manufacturers, retailers and
installers. The program also provides opportunities to talk to trained
representatives at events, and includes prizes to be won online, including a
solar water heater.
    New programs announced by Ontario, with support from the federal
government, will provide more than $1,300 in incentives and other rebates on
solar water heaters. Ontario's incentives for generating photovoltaic (PV)
electricity are the best in the country. The retail sales tax rebate on
qualifying solar, wind, micro hydro-electric and geothermal equipment is
extended to January 1, 2010.
    "Ontario is leading the way when it comes to harnessing solar energy, and
the Go Solar program and government incentives are giving Ontarians the tools
they need to go solar," said Elizabeth McDonald, Executive Chair of the
Canadian Solar Industries Association. "Going solar not only generates energy,
it also helps generate investment and jobs in Ontario's solar industry."
    People can learn more at Go Solar events taking place at 20 Home Depot
stores in the Greater Toronto Area during the first two weekends in October.
Details are available at www.gosolarontario.ca. The hotline number is
416-642-2896 or 1-866-922-2896.
    "Ontario residents can now lead the solar revolution in Canada," said
Stephanie Thorson, the Clean Air Foundation's Director of Renewable Energy.
The combination of a new $500 incentive and PST exemption on solar water
heaters, the Ontario Power Authority's standard offer program on photovoltaic
systems and zero-interest loans - combined with the federal $500 incentive -
are making it possible for Ontario to reach its 100,000 solar roofs target.
    "Homeowners who invest in solar energy save money in the long term and
reduce emissions that cause climate change and air pollution. We can see the
light - and harness it."

    About the Clean Air Foundation

    The Clean Air Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to
developing, implementing and managing public engagement programs and strategic
approaches that lead to measurable emissions reductions, to improve air
quality and protect the climate. The Foundation manages six public engagement
programs - Car Heaven, Mow Down Pollution, Keep Cool, Switch Out, Switch the
Stat and Cool Shops.
    www.cleanairfoundation.org

    
    Disponible en français.

                             www.energy.gov.on.ca
    





For further information:

For further information: Stephanie Thorson, Director, Renewable Energy,
Clean Air Foundation, (416) 922-9038 x 244, cell: (416) 799-2221,
sthorson@cleanairfoundation.org; Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch,
(416) 327-4334

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