CanSIA supports Ontario solar initiative

    OTTAWA, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
signaled its support for the Ontario Government's Home Energy Retrofit and
Solar Power Initiatives announcement today saying it is a move in the right
    CanSIA pointed out that with this step the Ontario Government is clearly
taking a leadership role - not only in this specific initiative but in the way
it is partnering with the Federal Government.
    "Solar energy is an incredible resource and one of the key green
technologies in Canada's arsenal to fight climate change. Clearly the Ontario
Government understands the importance of solar energy, that it is here today
and going to be a greater part of the future," said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA
Executive Director.
    The association pointed out that the announcement's pilot project, which
applies to both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies, in the highly
populated areas of the York Region, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga signals
the government's understanding that solar can be an incredible energy resource
and employment opportunity for the province.
    "With 94 members in Ontario, CanSIA is certain this initiative will
create growth in the solar energy sector. We are very encouraged with this
first step," said McDonald, "We are certain this will be such a success that
this program will grow to be established across the province. In fact we hope
that all of Canada's provinces and territories take note and follow Ontario in
this direction."

    The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a
strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to
service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar
solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the
transition to a solar energy future worldwide.

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