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Province Supports Solar Energy Project in Kenora

McGuinty Government On The Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping a small northwestern Ontario business on Lake of the Woods install solar panels to better manage its energy costs and ensure its long-term success, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"We are on the side of northerners. That is why we are supporting small businesses in their transition to renewable and cost effective energy sources," said Bartolucci. "By reducing overhead costs and providing an environmentally friendly source of power, 'green' energy is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of many small businesses."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $20,000 to Fish Hawk Freightways, located on an island on Lake of The Woods, to purchase and install 24 solar panels. The panels will replace one gasoline generator and two diesel generators which currently supply power to the business's main office and repair shop. Fish Hawk Freightways' services include landscaping, hauling freight, salvaging, snowplowing and the installation of septic systems and docks.

"We expect that the long-term benefits this investment will bring Fish Hawk Freightways will be significant," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "When we help small businesses succeed, we also help to drive the economic growth northern communities depend on."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing more than $10 million to improve safety, surface performance and ride quality on approximately 35 kilometers of the Kenora Bypass (Highway 17A)

•    Investing $1.2 million to upgrade a long-term care facility in Kenora and expand another in Dryden

•    Providing $86,731 in additional funding toward the purchase of equipment and repairs necessary to bring the Vermillion Bay water treatment plant into compliance with Drinking Water Systems Regulation.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It 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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