Ontario Helps Schools Invest In Green Technology



    McGuinty Government Continues To Invest In Green Economy

    TORONTO, May 21 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is investing $50 million for public school boards to reduce
energy costs in schools by installing renewable energy technologies for
heating, cooling or generating electricity.

    
    This investment will bring a range of renewable technologies to schools,
including:
    -   small-scale wind projects to generate electricity for use in schools,
    -   solar photovoltaic to generate electricity
    -   solar thermal for heating (air or water), and
    -   geothermal systems for heating and cooling.
    

    The use of these technologies will allow school boards to off-set future
operating costs, such as electricity and natural gas. As well, boards could
sell electricity to the grid through Feed-In Tariffs, which form part of the
recently passed Green Energy Act. It will also create interactive teaching
opportunities for students by making schools living laboratories.
    Ontario's elementary and secondary schools have significant energy costs
- nearly half a billion dollars each year. The aim is to help school boards
reduce those costs as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save on energy
demand and support more green jobs. Ontario's green economy stands to benefit
as this investment provides opportunities for suppliers of renewable energy
technologies in the province.
    It is expected the government will create a centralized procurement
process to assist Ontario's 72 school boards in researching technologies and
selecting vendors as well as maximizing the benefit of large volume purchasing
power. The funding will flow to boards in the spring of 2010.

    QUOTES

    
    "This is a key investment in Ontario's green economy and in our schools.
It will encourage our renewable energy sector, while also helping schools
reduce their energy costs and free up more dollars for better educational
uses."
    - George Smitherman, Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and
      Infrastructure
    

    "Students are keen to see first-hand how green energy can power our
communities. This investment will provide the foundation for our students and
future decision-makers to make the most of renewable power sources to build a
healthier, more environmentally sustainable and prosperous Ontario."
    - Kathleen Wynne, Minister of Education

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   In April 2009, Ontario announced a $550 million investment to help
        over 1000 schools become more energy efficient, creating and
        sustaining over 5,500 jobs.
    -   This year, Ontario school boards will spend about $460 million on
        utility bills.
    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $4.8 billion through
        the Good Places to Learn
        (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/document/reports/learn/index.html)
        program. So far, over 12,000 school renewal projects, which include
        replacing roofs, windows and boilers, are underway or completed.

    LEARN MORE
    See how Ontario is making progress in creating a green economy
    (http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/english/).

    Did you know May 17-23 is Energy Conservation Week
    (http://www.energyconservationweek.ca/)? Find out more about how you can
    help conserve energy.

    Find out more about what the Ontario government is doing to help combat
    climate change (http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/air/climatechange/index.php).

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For further information: Amy Tang, Minister's Office, (416) 327-6747;
Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, (416) 325-1810

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