Hydro One Networks launches PowerHouse Loan pilot program in support of Ontario's Climate Change Strategy

    Interest-free financing for renewable home renovations and new home

    BRAMPTON, ON, June 20 /CNW/ - In support of the Government of Ontario's
climate change strategy, Hydro One Networks announced today details of its
PowerHouse Loan Pilot Program - part of the Ontario government's $150 million
Home Retrofit Initiative. Through the pilot, Hydro One will offer
zero-interest loans for qualifying customers installing alternative and
renewable energy technologies in their homes.
    The PowerHouse Loan Program will provide loans for home retrofits that
include the installation of solar, geothermal, photovoltaic and wind
technologies that generate renewable electricity. Obtaining a PowerHouse Loan
will result in substantial savings for qualifying customers. For example, a
customer approved for a four-year loan of $35,000 at 9% interest stands to
save an estimated $6,500 over the life of the loan. The province is providing
$1.1 million to fund the program.
    Hydro One will announce the cooperating financial institution for the
pilot this summer. With a financial institution in place, 175,000 Hydro One
Networks customers in Brampton, Caledon and parts of York Region will become
eligible to apply for the PowerHouse loan. Capital investments of $2,000 or
more will be eligible for zero-percent financing.
    In addition to avoiding the carrying costs of a loan, customers will
contribute to the province's effort to reduce green house gases and enjoy
reduced monthly electricity bills by using power provided by renewable
    A similar pilot project is being launched today by Enersource of
    "Today's announcement is another major step forward that will help
qualifying customers save energy, save money and reduce green house gases,"
said Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. "This innovative pilot will make it even
easier for Ontario homeowners to install renewable energy technologies in
their home that will help make Ontario cleaner and greener."
    "Through Hydro One's PowerHouse Loan Program, we can help our customers
save in two important ways. They will save the interest costs on the life of
the loan and reduce their monthly bill by powering part of their home's energy
needs with zero-emission technology," said Laura Formusa, President and CEO
(Acting), Hydro One Networks.
    The pilot will run until March 31, 2009. Depending upon results of the
pilot, the PowerHouse Loan Program may be extended to all Hydro One Networks
residential customers.

    Eligible Technologies

    Solar PhotoVoltaics

    Solar panels generate electricity through converting light into
electricity. This type of electricity costs between $10,000 and $15,000 per
kilowatt installed. An energy efficient house would require approx 3 kW of
solar PV to meet all of its electricity needs

    Residential Solar Water Heating

    The energy from the sun is collected by solar panels and transferred by
circulating fluids to a storage tank. These heaters are typically used with a
back-up fuel source as they are typically designed to provide between 35 and
75% of the residential hot water needs.

    Heat Pump

    A heat pump is used to move warm air out of a building and into the
ground in the summer to cool it and used to extract heat from the earth in
winter to provide heating.

    Micro Wind

    Wind turbines use the wind's lift forces to rotate aerodynamic blades
that turn a rotor which creates electricity.

    Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes
and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's
29,000 kilometre high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity
to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre
low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use
customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly
owned by the Province of Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at
1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or (416) 345-6868. Our website is

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