Green Energy Act Creates 20,000 Jobs

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Green Energy Act Creates 20,000 Jobs

McGuinty Government Supporting Clean, Renewable Energy

Ministry of Energy

Ontario's clean energy economy has created 20,000 jobs to date, while supplying clean, renewable energy to power our homes and businesses.

The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre in Toronto is just one example of an organization that is supporting jobs while generating clean, renewable energy for Ontario's electricity system. The Theatre is using 96 solar panels mounted on the roof of its building - reducing its environmental footprint while feeding clean energy into the grid. This project supported 10 jobs during construction.

So far, more than 2,000 mid-size and large-scale Feed-in Tariff projects have been announced, representing enough electricity each year to power about 900,000 homes. This is part of Ontario's plan to replace dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's also part of the province's plan to build a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.

Ontario's Green Energy Act is on track to create 50,000 clean energy jobs by 2012.

Quick Facts

  • Environmentalist David Suzuki supports Ontario's Green Energy Act
  • The Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre (formerly Canadian Children's Dance Theatre) received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for this project.
  • Ontario forecasts that by 2018, 10,700 megawatts of renewable power from wind, solar and bio-energy will have been brought online - enough electricity each year to power more than 2 million homes.
  • Coal usage for the first six months of 2011 was 94 per cent lower than coal usage for the same period in 2003.

Quotes

Brad Duguid

“Ontario's clean energy economy has already created 20,000 jobs, is cleaning up the air we breathe, and is providing opportunities for our children. Ontario is growing a clean energy industry in the province, and it's doing it alone. It's time the federal government stepped up and supported this critical industry and lived up to its commitment to treat Ontarians equally.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

Glen R. Murray

“This project shows you just how important our government's clean energy investments are. This rooftop solar project won't just keep the lights on at the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre - it will also build a stronger community and a cleaner future for our kids.”

Glen R. Murray

MPP for Toronto Centre

“Solera Sustainable Energies Company is proud that this project is contributing to Ontario's ecological and economic strength, while setting an example for today's children as to the right energy choices to make for tomorrow. These solar projects benefit all Ontarians, not only through the creation of permanent, skilled employment that we are witnessing today, but in reinforcing that Ontario, as a critical technology leader, is an ideal location from which broad participation can be realized in the fast emerging global clean energy sector.”

Leonard Allen

CEO, Solera Sustainable Energies Company Limited

“We're using the power of the sun to help kids realize their talents and at the same time sending a message about the importance of green energy.”

Deborah Lundmark

Artistic Director of the Canadian Contemporary Dance Theatre

Media Contacts

  • For media inquiries call:

    Andrew Block, Minister's Office

    andrew.block@ontario.ca

    416-327-6747

  • For media inquiries call:

    Paul Gerard, Communications Branch

    paul.gerard@ontario.ca

    416-327-7226

  • For public inquiries call:

    1-888-668-4636

    TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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