Toronto School Brings More Clean Energy Online

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Toronto School Brings More Clean Energy Online

McGuinty Government Supports Culture Of Conservation Among Students

Ministry of Energy

Jackman Avenue Public School has a new rooftop solar project that is producing clean energy for the grid while helping to teach students the value of clean, renewable energy. Staff and students can keep track of the daily solar output through real-time LED monitors.

As one of the Toronto District School Board's Platinum Level EcoSchools, Jackman Avenue incorporates eco-literacy into its curriculum and student life. The school has been retrofitted with a green roof, solar blinds, ceiling fans and UV film on windows to help reduce heating and cooling costs. Students also participate in comprehensive recycling, composting and gardening programs.

Building a clean energy system and creating a culture of conservation is part of the McGuinty government's plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy.

Quick Facts

  • Jackman Avenue Public School's solar project produces enough clean energy to power four homes.
  • Ontario is committed to increasing wind, solar and bioenergy from less than one per cent of generation capacity in 2003 to almost 13 per cent by 2030.
  • Jackman Avenue Public School's 32 kilowatt rooftop solar project began producing power on March 5, 2012.
  • Through conservation, Ontarians have achieved over 1,700 MW of energy savings since 2005. That's the equivalent of over 500,000 homes being taken off the grid.
  • Energy conservation is an important part of Ontario's Long-Term Energy Plan, which has set a goal of reducing peak electricity demand by 7,100 megawatts (MW) and 28 terawatt hours (TWh) by the year 2030. That is the equivalent of taking about 2.4 million homes off the grid.

Quotes

“We congratulate Jackman Avenue for its continued leadership in clean energy and conservation, not just during Earth Week, but every day. Ontario's youth are the ambassadors of a clean energy future in their classrooms, homes and community. They play an important role as we transition to a clean, reliable, modern electricity system.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Energy

“As we celebrate Earth Week, it is important to recognize the efforts of all students and staff who are reducing the energy consumption in their schools, and helping to build a cleaner, brighter future for all of us. Jackman Avenue Public School's green roof is a great example of leadership in using innovative technologies to help the environment.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

“Our students, staff, parents and community have worked together to conserve energy, reduce waste and green the school yard. We are very excited to see our new solar panels come online and help add to Ontario's supply of clean power.”

Shaune Palmer

Principal of Jackman Avenue Public School

Media Contacts

  • For media inquiries call:

  • Jennifer Kett

    Energy Minister's Office

    jennifer.kett@ontario.ca

    416-327-6747

  • Daniel Cayley

    Energy Communications Branch

    daniel.cayley@ontario.ca

    416-327-7226

  • Grahame Rivers

    Education Minister's Office

    Grahame.Rivers@ontario.ca

    416-325-0122

  • Gary Wheeler

    Education Communications Branch

    Gary.S.Wheeler@ontario.ca

    416-325-2454

  • For public inquiries call:

    1-888-668-4636

    TTY: 1-800-239-4224

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