Ontario Helps Algonguin Park Camp Go Solar
Provincial Program Encourages Northern Businesses To Invest In Green Energy
SUDBURY - The Ontario government is helping a tourist camp in Algonquin Park adopt renewable energy solutions by investing in the installation of a solar energy system, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.
"I am proud that our government is supporting northern businesses as they make the transition to environmentally sound energy consumption," said Nipissing MPP Monique Smith. "We understand that renewable energy sources such as solar power provide opportunities for northerners to manage costs and reduce their environmental footprint."
The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $20,100 to Camp Arowhon to purchase and install a solar energy system. The system will provide power to the camp's water heaters while reducing current propane gas needs. Funding is provided through the NOHFC's Small Business Energy Conservation Program.
"We are advancing the province's energy plan by helping our partners pursue energy sources that are both economically and environmentally conscientious," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "I am delighted our funding will help this camp lower energy costs while reducing dependence on fossil fuels and their related emissions."
This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in support of energy conservation. Other examples include:
- Providing $6,661.03 to Kukagami Lodge east of Sudbury to buy and install a solar power system that will help reduce dependency on the lodge's gas-powered generator
- Providing $2,900 to Whispering Winds Resort near Thessalon to acquire a solar power system that will be used to supply telephone, fax and high-speed Internet services
- Providing $50,000 to the Wikwemikong Development Commission to conduct a wind monitoring study at three locations on Georgian Bay.
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.