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Province Supports Solar Energy Project In Upsala

McGuinty Government On The Side of Northerners

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping to ensure the long-term sustainability of a small business in Upsala by investing in the installation of solar panels that will reduce annual energy costs for the business.  Thunder Bay-Atikokan MPP Bill Mauro made the announcement today on behalf Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci.

"Reducing energy costs is becoming increasingly important to the sustainability of small businesses," said Mauro. "By investing in projects such as this, we are helping to sustain the economic vitality of communities across Thunder Bay-Atikokan and throughout the North."  

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing the Upsala Garage and Restaurant with $12,485 to install four solar panels. The panels will help reduce the cost of heating water at the garage and restaurant by heating up to 1,090 litres of water per day in the summer, and 725 litres per day in the winter.

 "We are on the side of northerners. That's why we are supporting small businesses across the North, with programs like our Small Business Energy Conservation Program," said Bartolucci, who is also chair of the NOHFC. "We are pleased to be helping many small businesses in their transition to more cost-effective and environmentally-friendly means of energy consumption."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Providing $2.2 million to establish the Cancer and Cardiac Research Centre in Thunder Bay

•    Investing more than $1.8 billion over five years to upgrade and expand northern highways

•    Investing nearly $7.6 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help some 423 young northerners launch their careers in the North.

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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