Solar Panels Brighten Thunder Bay School
McGuinty Government Supporting Energy Efficient Learning Spaces
Students at Pope John Paul II Senior Elementary School will have a cleaner, greener and more energy-efficient place to learn through a new solar energy project.
The Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board estimates that the 50-kilowatt solar project will help lower the board's utility costs by more than $70,000 a year. The solar panels will also reduce the school's carbon emissions by 64 metric tons per year - the equivalent of taking more than 20 cars off the road.
Investing in our schools is an important part of the government's Open Ontario Plan to strengthen education. The plan has already delivered results: smaller class sizes, higher test scores and an improved graduation rate. It also creates local economic benefits and supports a stronger, cleaner economy.
- This $800,000 investment is part of a $50 million plan to install more than 120 solar, wind and geothermal technologies in Ontario schools.
- In addition, more than 150 schools in 40 school boards are participating in the Green Schools Pilot Initiative, which involves innovative technologies including renewable energy projects.
- Since 2003, the McGuinty government has invested $5.4 billion through the Good Places to Learn and Energy Efficient Schools programs.
“This is an important investment in Ontario's green economy and in our schools. It supports the growing renewable energy sector while giving the school board an opportunity to save money on energy costs.”
“This project is giving students an opportunity to learn about the benefits of green energy first-hand. It also sets a positive example for the community about how to take advantage of renewable energy while supporting a greener and more prosperous Ontario.”