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New Clean Energy Projects Coming To Huron-Bruce

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According to the Liberal party, Huron-Bruce’s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating good jobs by adding 24 clean energy projects.

MPP Carol Mitchell

Through Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff program, these new mid-size projects - including solar, biomass, biogas, water and wind — will power homes, businesses, hospitals and schools.  This is expected to provide enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes, or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year. In total, these projects are anticipated to help attract more than $900 million in private sector investment to Ontario.

The two dozen local contracts announced today are rooftop solar installations, ranging in size from 60 to 250 KW. They span nearly the entire riding, including Credition, Dashwood, Clinton, Brussels, Teeswater and Walkerton. These new projects are in addition to the existing 217 microFIT solar and 186 wind projects already in operation locally.

Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep costs down while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.

Ontario's Green Energy Act will create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012 and 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of the Liberal's energy plan.

“These projects will create good jobs in our community, provide power for homes and businesses and clean up the air for our children and grandchildren. This will also ensure Ontario continues to be a North American leader in the clean energy economy,” says Huron-Bruce MPP, Carol Mitchell.

Statistics regarding Ontario's power outlay are:

  • Projects are approved by the Ontario Power Authority through the province’s clean energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices for energy generated from renewable sources.
  • Ontario has the third-largest solar capacity in North America, after California and New Jersey and is home to the world’s largest operational solar photovoltaic farm located in Sarnia.
  • Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants in Ontario to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industry.
  • Coal-fired generation was down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same time in 2003.
  • An average household can expect to save about $150 in 2011 through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit
     

 

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