New PowerHouse Program helps homeowners install green energy

    Innovative partnership pilots zero-interest loans, rebates for
    residential electricity customers wishing to support renewable energy

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 28 /CNW/ - Ontario's Energy Minister Gerry Phillips
joined representatives of Hydro One Networks, Enersource Hydro Mississauga,
and Hydro One Brampton Networks today to launch an innovative new pilot
program that will help their customers to save on their energy costs, while
also helping the environment. The PowerHouse Program gives residential
homeowners access to zero-interest loans ranging from $2000 to $50,000, or a
rebate for installing qualifying renewable electricity generation
technologies, including:

    -   solar photovoltaic panels;
    -   solar water heating systems;
    -   geothermal energy systems; and,
    -   small wind turbines.

    The PowerHouse initiative is a partnership between Enersource Hydro
Mississauga, Hydro One Networks, and Hydro One Brampton Networks, with funding
from the Ontario Ministry of Energy.
    Ontario Minister of Energy Gerry Phillips said Ontarians are already
showing their commitment to conservation at home.
    "Almost 50,000 homeowners have received rebates through our Home Energy
Audit program as they look to make their homes more efficient and
cost-effective," said Minister Phillips. "This innovative program will put
more clean, green power options within financial reach of homeowners."
    "Our customers repeatedly ask us how they can access the green
technologies that ease both their pocketbooks and their environmental
footprint," said Craig Fleming, President and CEO of Enersource. "This program
gives residents a terrific financial incentive to invest in renewable energy
and to contribute to the culture of conservation in Ontario. It's a win-win
opportunity and we're delighted to test the waters here in Mississauga."
    "To contribute to a culture of conservation we need to give our customers
and communities tools to allow them to take advantage of clean, renewable
technologies," said Laura Formusa, President and CEO of Hydro One Networks
Inc. "The PowerHouse program can potentially make a positive difference for
our electricity system, and for our environment."
    "Making renewable micro generation an affordable option for our customers
will have a very positive ripple effect, in terms of improved air quality,
greater accessibility to qualifying technologies, and in achieving even
greater overall reliability and effectiveness of our network," said
Roger Albert, President and CEO of Hydro One Brampton Networks. "The net
benefit will impact on the broader Brampton community."
    To qualify for the program, homeowners must be residential electricity
customers of Enersource Hydro Missisauga, Hydro One Brampton Networks, or a
Hydro One Networks customer in Caledon or York Region (with coverage of East
Gwillimbury, Georgina, King and Whitchurch-Stouffville).
    To learn more about how to apply, interested homeowners can go to for more information.



    The PowerHouse Program gives residential homeowners access to zero-
interest loans ranging from $2,000 to $50,000, or a rebate for installing
qualifying renewable electricity generation technologies, including:

    -   solar photovoltaic panels;
    -   solar water heating systems;
    -   geothermal energy systems; and,
    -   small wind turbines.

    Solar Photovoltaic Panels

    Photovoltaic installations transform the sun's light into electricity
that can be used in the home. In typical systems, the photovoltaic panels
convert the sun's energy into electricity that is fed into a home's existing
wiring. Excess electricity production can be stored in batteries or fed into
the utility grid.

    Solar Water Heaters

    Solar water heaters convert the sun's light into heat energy which is
used to pre-heat water before it reaches the home's hot water tank.

    Geothermal Energy Systems

    Geothermal energy systems take advantage of the fact that, just a few
metres below the surface, the ground temperature remains a constant
temperature throughout the year. In the winter, a heat pump takes heat from
the ground at a low temperature of between 8 to 12 degrees Celsius, compresses
it, and circulates it at a higher temperature. During the summer, the system
uses the cooler ground temperature to cool the home.

    Small Wind Turbines

    Small wind turbines convert wind energy into electricity. Small turbines
have capacities ranging from 300 watts to 30 kilowatts. Standard turbine
installations include towers ranging from 25-37 meters.

    For more information on renewable energy technologies visit or contact:

    Elizabeth McDonald, Executive Director
    Canadian Solar Industries Association

    Jennifer Gaudette, Go Solar Program Manager
    Clean Air Foundation

    Denis Tanguay, President and CEO
    Canadian Geoexchange Coalition
    514-807-7559 Ext. 24

    Ulrike Kucera, Media Relations
    Canadian Wind Energy Association
    613-234-8716 or 1-800-922-6932

For further information:

For further information: Ken MacDonald, Sr. Manager, Marketing,
Communications and Government Relations, Enersource Corporation, (905)
283-4050 or; Daniele Gauvin, Senior Media Relations
Officer, Hydro One Networks Inc., (416) 345-6908 or; Ralph Williams, Energy Services Supervisor, Hydro
One Brampton Networks Inc., (905) 452-5516 or

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