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Ontario Invests In Lodge Conversion To Solar Energy

Province On The Side Of Northerners

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is strengthening northern prosperity by investing in a fishing lodge's conversion to solar energy, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our funding is helping this tourist operation reduce its dependency on fossil fuels," said Bartolucci. "In doing so, not only are we supporting a measure that is environmentally-friendly but we are also helping this outfitter contribute significantly to the local economy."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will invest $2,035 to help Donnelly's Minnitaki Lodge purchase and install an 80-watt solar system. Located southwest of Sioux Lookout, the lodge will use the system to reduce its dependency on gasoline generators to produce power required for water, light, heat and other amenities. Funding is provided through the NOHFC's Small Business Energy Conservation Program.

"We are supporting northern businesses that are making the transition to environmentally sound energy consumption," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "Energy conservation is a priority of our government and by converting our homes and businesses to more economical energy sources we are advancing our province's energy plan."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northerners include:

•    Investing over $33 million to date, through the NOHFC in water system upgrades to ensure quality drinking water across Northern Ontario

•    Providing more than $760,000 through the Ministry of Tourism and $375,000 through the NOHFC to support marketing initiatives in the second year of the Strategic Tourism Development and Marketing Partnership for Northern Ontario

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

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
Minister's Office - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM/NOHFC - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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