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Province Helps Cambrian College Pursue Sustainable Energy Centre

Investment To Investigate Establishment Of Renewable Energy Facility

SUDBURY - The Ontario government is supporting the promotion of renewable energy solutions by helping Sudbury's Cambrian College to investigate establishing a Sustainable Energy Centre, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government is committed to working with academic partners to support the development of energy efficient technologies and increase public awareness of energy sustainability," said Bartolucci.  "This project has the potential to put Cambrian College on the leading edge of Ontario's renewable energy development efforts and contribute significantly to the greening of our energy sector."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) will provide $50,000 to Cambrian College for the first phase of its plan to establish a Sustainable Energy Centre.  This phase of the project includes developing conceptual drawings and a business plan, as well as planning a marketing strategy to recruit partners for the initiative.

This announcement is among the first under the NOHFC's recently launched Northern Energy Program. The program is designed to help private and public sector partners pursue clean renewable energy generation capacity to reduce their demand on external energy sources or to produce energy for sale to the electrical grid.

The proposed centre would provide small businesses the opportunity to develop prototypes and test new devices for research and monitoring of energy efficiency.  The facility would also provide training in sustainable energy systems for students enrolled in the College's technology programs and would serve as an energy systems education centre for primary and secondary students.

"This exciting proposal would help further promote energy sustainability to ensure that our future generations continue to enjoy a quality of life that is second to none," said Bartolucci.  "Such a facility would also help our northern entrepreneurs and College graduates become leaders in the development of sustainable energy systems and products."

"I concur with Minister Bartolucci," said Cambrian President Sylvia Barnard.  "This is an exciting proposal.  Our new Sustainable Energy Centre represents the highest standard of sustainable construction and will be the catalyst for the building of energy-efficient housing and small commercial structures that are suited to a northern environment.  This new Centre has the potential to position Cambrian, Sudbury, and Ontario as partners in finding a solution that will have positive ripples for generations to come.  I thank Minister Bartolucci and NOHFC.  Their support is appreciated and their commitment commendable."

Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:

•    Enhancing access to technology by making a $1.7 million investment to develop a network of virtual reality facilities across the North

•    Investing nearly $9.4 million to date, from the NOHFC, to provide internships and work placements to help 517 young northerners launch their careers in the North

•    Committing $1.8 billion over five years to improve northern highways, including the expansion of Highway 69 from Sudbury to Estaire.

This NOHFC project 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.

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

Michel Lavoie    
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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