Government News Release: New Clean Energy Projects Creating 2,000 Jobs

Thu, 05/26/2011


Government Continues to Build Clean Energy Economy
 

NEWS

May 26, 2011


Ontario‘s clean energy economy continues to grow, creating 2,000 new jobs by adding more than 700 new clean energy projects across the province.

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.  That is enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year.  These projects will help attract more than $900 million in private-sector investment to the province.

This builds on more than 1,200 Feed-in-Tariff projects announced so far, representing enough electricity each year to power over 700,000 homes.

Ontariois 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 for families today, 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.  13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of our plan.


QUOTES

“These projects will create more good jobs across Ontario and provide more new clean, reliable power to keep the lights for our children and grandchildren. Ontario is a global leader in clean energy and we are pleased that so many Ontarians share our vision for a modern, clean electricity system.”

– Brad Duguid, Minister of Energy

“We are pleased to continue to grow Ontario’s clean energy economy through the FIT Program. These mid-size projects represent a diverse range of participants, which indicates that Ontarians are truly embracing the opportunity the FIT Program provides.”

– Colin Andersen, CEO, Ontario Power Authority

“Environmental Defence is a strong supporter of Ontario’s Green Energy Act and the FIT program. Today’s announcement demonstrates the province’s commitment to renewable energy generation in Ontario, contributing to job growth, clean air and healthy communities.”

– Rick Smith, Executive Director, Environmental Defence

"These FIT announcements are important job creators for the construction trades. They have been life savers for many workers during the recession. They provide work for skilled trades people and apprenticeship opportunities for the next generation of construction workers.”

– John Grimshaw, Executive Secretary-Treasurer, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario


QUICK FACTS

  • Projects are approved by the Ontario Power Authority through the province’sclean energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices for energy generated from renewable sources.
     
  •  Ontariohas 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 industries.
     
  • 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


LEARN MORE

Read about Ontario’s Long Term Energy Plan: Building Our Clean Energy Future
Learn more about renewable energy in Ontario
Find out about the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit

 

For media inquiries call:

Andrew Block, Minister’s Office, 416-327-6747
andrew.block@ontario.ca

Paul Gerard, Communications Branch, 416-327-7226
paul.gerard@ontario.ca

For public inquiries call:
1-888-668-4636  TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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