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Ontario Brings More Clean Solar Power Online

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Ontario Brings More Clean Solar Power Online

Clean Energy Sector Continues to Grow, Creates Nearly 500 jobs

Ministry of Energy

Ontario's newest solar farm is bringing more clean electricity online and creating good jobs for Ontario families.

SunEdison Canada's SunE Rutley Solar Farm is the first large scale solar project to come online under the feed-in-tariff program. It will produce 10 megawatts of clean electricity, which is expected to power over 1,200 homes each year. During its peak construction period, the solar farm created about 100 jobs.

Solar panels for the project are being produced by Flextronics at its Newmarket facility, which has created 400 jobs for hardworking Ontarians.

Expanding Ontario's solar industry 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

  • Ontario is home to the 10 largest solar farms in the country and is the leading solar energy producer in Canada.
  • Ontario has about 500 MW of solar PV capacity online and has more than 1,600 MW of additional solar PV capacity under contract. This is expected to produce enough electricity to power over 250,000 homes.
  • 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.
  • Ontario's green energy initiatives have helped create over 20,000 jobs and are on track to create 50,000 jobs.
  • Ontario has brought more than 9,000 megawatts of new and refurbished clean energy online - enough to power cities the size of Ottawa and Toronto.

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“The SunE Rutley Solar Farm is a welcome addition to Ontario's thriving clean energy sector, and companies like Flextronics continue to grow our province's manufacturing expertise. We are increasing our supply of renewable energy, creating good clean jobs and ensuring cleaner air for future generations.”

Chris Bentley

Minister of Energy

“SunEdison is proud to deliver the first utility-scale PV project under the FIT program and contribute to Ontario's supply of clean power. Together we are showing how smart energy solutions not only can power Ontario, but also help create jobs and power the economy.”

Michael Dilworth

Vice President and General Manager, SunEdison Canada

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