Kenora-Area Tourism Camp Goes Solar
Provincial Program Encourages Small Businesses To Invest in Green Energy
SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is encouraging small businesses to acquire "green" energy technologies, Minister of Northern Development and Mines Rick Bartolucci said today, while announcing new funding to a Kenora-area tourism camp.
"Our government strongly supports the growing use of renewable energy technology by northern off-grid tourism operators," Bartolucci said. "More and more remote outfitters are benefiting from our assistance and installing energy systems that are both economical and environment friendly."
The province is providing $31,000 to Highwind Lake Camp near Kenora to buy and install a solar power system that will reduce dependency on the year-round camp's diesel-powered generator. The renewable energy produced by the new system will be cleaner, quieter and cheaper than that produced by the generator. Funding is provided through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation's (NOHFC) Small Business Energy Conservation Program.
"In 2004, tourism in Northern Ontario contributed $1.7 billion to the province's economy," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "By helping northern tourism operators cut energy costs our government is supporting this important sector."
"Our government is committed to increasing the supply of clean renewable energy and supporting Ontario's solar industry, which is growing at an annual rate of more than 25 per cent," said Minister of Energy Dwight Duncan.
Other energy-use initiatives by the McGuinty government include:
• Creating the Conservation Bureau and appointing Ontario's first Chief Energy Conservation Officer to identify key areas for conservation and to deliver province-wide initiatives
• Encouraging more Ontarians to consider solar installations by providing a provincial sales tax rebate on all solar equipment sold in Ontario
• Setting a goal to reduce Ontario's growth in peak electricity demand by five per cent by the end of 2007, and to reduce consumption in government operations by 10 per cent.
Today's announcement 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.
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