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Barrie Students Learn About Clean Energy

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Barrie Students Learn About Clean Energy

McGuinty Government Helping Schools Become More Energy Efficient

Ministry of Education

A rooftop wind turbine has been installed at Barrie's St. Joan of Arc Catholic High School; making the school more energy efficient and teaching students about clean energy.

The rooftop turbine generates enough clean power to run four classrooms, which helps the school to cut its energy costs. Engaging youth is an important part of the province's plan for a clean energy future in Ontario, which includes getting Ontario off dirty, smog-producing coal and on to cleaner energy sources like wind, solar and bio-energy.

Through the Open Ontario plan, the province is building opportunities for all Ontarians to participate in creating a strong, reliable and clean energy system, sparking a new industry and thousands of new, good jobs in Ontario.

Quick Facts

  • St. Joan of Arc is one of over 150 Ontario schools participating in Ontario's Green Schools Pilot Initiative. This program provides opportunities for students across the province to learn about renewable technologies such as solar, wind, geothermal and other forms of clean energy generation.
  • In addition to the Green Schools Pilot, Ontario is making a $550 million investment over two years to help more than 1,000 schools become more energy efficient, creating and sustaining over 5,500 jobs.
  • Ontario schools spend nearly half a billion dollars each year on energy.
  • On November 23, Ontario published the updated long-term energy plan, Building Our Clean Energy Future, which calls for increasing Ontario's power supply coming from clean, renewable sources to 13 per cent by 2018, up from 3 per cent today.
  • Ontario is helping families with the costs of turning on more clean power and turning off dirty smog-producing coal plants through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which will take 10 per cent off electricity bills.

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“This school's new rooftop wind turbine promotes a cleaner learning environment and helps teach our students the importance of energy conservation.”

Leona Dombrowsky

Minister of Education

“The McGuinty government is committed to ensuring Ontario families have clean air to breathe and a reliable supply of energy. By building renewable energy projects, schools are not only contributing to this goal, they are helping us in our goal of getting off polluting-coal power and are opening youn.g minds to future opportunities in Ontario's new clean energy economy”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“St. Joan of Arc and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board are supporting green initiatives to make our schools more energy efficient, and to teach our students the importance of environmental sustainability. We are grateful to the Government of Ontario for helping us deliver the message that investing in renewable and clean energy is the way of the future.”

James Canning

Chair, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

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