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Fly-In tourist Operator Cuts Energy Costs

McGuinty Government On the Side of Northern Businesses Who Want to Conserve Energy

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting the use of alternative energy sources in the North by investing in the installation of solar panels at a tourist camp near Wabakimi Provincial Park in Northwestern Ontario, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We're on the side of resource-based tourism businesses and are helping small northern entreprises pursue clean energy sources and reduce their operating costs," said Bartolucci.  "This project will help eliminate the use of diesel generation and reduce related emissions at the camp."

Pipestone Fly-in Outposts will receive $7,760 from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's (NOHFC) Small Business Energy Conservation Program, to purchase and install solar powered panels.  The solar energy will provide full electrical power to the outpost camp, located on Smoothrock Lake near Wabakimi Provincial Park.

"Small tourist operations are the mainstay of Northern Ontario's tourism sector and contribute to the memorable vacation experiences of visitors from Canada and abroad," said Bartolucci.  "Our investments in energy conservation initiatives will help ensure the long-term viability of these businesses."

Other McGuinty government energy initiatives include:

•    Setting a target to produce five per cent of our electricity from renewable sources by 2007 and 10 per cent by 2010.
•    Adding 3,000 megawatts of supply and advanced projects that will provide more than 10,000 megawatts of new electricity.
•    Providing $4 million toward creating a Bio-Energy Research Centre in Atikokan.

This NOHFC project is part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan for building stronger northern communities. The Northern Prosperity Plan has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
Michel Lavoie    
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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