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Solar Energy To Power Outposts

Province Promotes Alternative Energy Sources

THUNDER BAY - Some of Northern Ontario's fly-in tourist camps are converting to solar energy thanks to an Ontario government commitment to support alternative energy technologies.

"Because conservation is one of our government's fundamental priorities, converting our homes and businesses to more economical and ecologically sound energy sources plays an important role in our province's energy strategies," said Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci. "The McGuinty government is on the side of northern businesses, including remote fishing camps and outposts, that are making the transition to environmentally sound energy production."

Rusty Myers Flying Service based out of  Fort Frances was established in 1941 and currently operates floatplane bases in Fort Frances and Savant Lake, in conjunction with its 11 outpost tourist camps in the area. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund will provide $6,560 to retrofit the Brennan and Seiss Lake outposts with solar energy systems to replace existing gas-operated generators and water pumps.

"The take-off of 'green energy' projects such as this is invaluable to the prosperity of the North," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "We expect this project will increase the economic stability of the service while reducing harmful greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change."

Other McGuinty government initiatives that will benefit northerners include:

•    A $1.8-billion investment, over the next five years, in upgraded and expanded northern highways

•    Investing over $550,000 to upgrade local water treatment plants in Sioux Lookout and Hudson

•    Providing $900 million over five years in assistance for the forestry industry

These initiatives are 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
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454
   
Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125


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