"This Is Where the World Is Going, This Is Where Ontario Is Leading."
DORCHESTER, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Ontario's leap forward on solar energy
is powering a cleaner environment and a stronger economy, says Premier Dalton
"Ontario has bounced back from the 'do nothing' approach of the Harris
Conservatives on renewable energy, and we're attracting some of the world's
largest solar farms and developing some of the world's leading solar energy
firms," McGuinty said.
"This is where the world is going, and this is where Ontario is leading."
The Ontario Liberal government recently gave approval for a California
company to construct a massive solar farm near Sarnia. One of the largest
solar power stations in North America, it will stretch across 365 hectares,
the equivalent of 419 Canadian football fields.
It will supply 50 megawatts to the grid by 2010, enough to supply
electricity for a town of 7,500.
Another two solar farms near Sault Ste. Marie will be capable of
delivering 20 megawatts.
The projects, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars worth
of investment, have prompted headlines such as "Ontario Goes Solar" (Toronto
Star, April 26, 2007) and "Ontario, the New Frontier for Alternative Energy"
(New York Times, June 21, 2007).
"This is great news for our energy needs, for our environment and for our
"And to keep leading and keep growing, we're offering incentives to
consumers to go solar, and we've invited renewable energy firms to bring
forward new proposals."
The Ontario Liberal government is investing $14.4 million over four years
to encourage large users - such as businesses, industries, schools,
universities, municipalities and hospitals - to convert to solar heating.
The program covers 25 per cent of the cost of conversions to a maximum of
$80,000. A similar federal rebate is also available. The two programs are
projected to prompt 500 conversions over the next four years, making Ontario a
beacon for solar hot water investment.
Homeowners can receive federal and provincial rebates totaling more than
$1,300 on the installation of smaller systems priced between $5,000 and
$6,000, and save up to $325 annually in energy costs.
McGuinty made his remarks after touring EnerWorks, a leading Ontario
company that has developed a breakthrough in solar technology that efficiently
uses the power of the sun to heat water.
Demand for the new generation of solar panels created by EnerWorks is
rapidly growing because of the incentives offered by the province.
In fact, solar thermal panels produced by EnerWorks are currently being
installed on the roof of Toronto's Hospital For Sick Children, and will be
helping to provide its hot water by the end of November. Sick Kids is the
first hospital in Canada to install the panels.
"Every time we create electricity using wind or solar power we help the
environment, and we create jobs," the Premier said.
"Our opponents' negative attacks won't clean our air and move our economy
forward. We will, working with our businesses, consumers and families."
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