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Provincial Investment Helps Remote Northern Camp Reduce Energy Costs

McGuinty Government On The Side Of Northern Energy Conservation

THUNDER BAY - The Ontario government is helping a remote northern camp reduce energy costs by supporting its investment in a solar power system, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"I am pleased that we can help small businesses cut energy costs through the promotion of alternative energy sources," Bartolucci said.  "Through investments like this, we are helping businesses to manage and reduce energy costs and position themselves for future growth."    

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $11,077 to North Caribou Camps Ltd. to purchase a solar power system for its fly-in fishing and hunting outpost located north of Pickle Lake.  The system will provide power to three cabins, a cookhouse and other buildings, while reducing the current need for a propane supply.

"We are committed to helping small northern businesses reach their goals for economic growth," said Bartolucci, who is chair of the NOHFC.  "By helping our small businesses grow and succeed, we are laying the foundation for a stronger, more prosperous north."

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 investment 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/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125

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