New Clean Energy Projects Creating 2,000 Jobs
McGuinty Government Continues To Build Clean Energy Economy
Ontario's clean energy economy continues to grow, creating 2,000 new jobs by adding more than 700 new clean energy projects across the province.
Through Ontario's Feed-in Tariff program, these new mid-size projects -- including solar, biomass, biogas, water and wind -- will power homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. That is enough electricity to power more than 16,000 homes or a community the size of Niagara-on-the-Lake each year. These projects will help attract more than $900 million in private-sector investment to the province.
This builds on more than 1,200 Feed-in-Tariff projects announced so far, representing enough electricity each year to power over 700,000 homes.
Ontario is replacing dirty, coal-fired plants with cleaner sources of renewable energy like water, wind, solar and bio-energy. It's part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep costs down for families today, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for tomorrow.
Ontario's Green Energy Act will create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of our plan.
- Projects are approved by the Ontario Power Authority through the province's clean energy Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program, which offers stable prices for energy generated from renewable sources.
- Ontario has the third-largest solar capacity in North America, after California and New Jersey and is home to the world's largest operational solar photovoltaic farm located in Sarnia.
- Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants in Ontario to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industries.
- Coal-fired generation was down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same time in 2003.
- An average household can expect to save about $150 in 2011 through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit.
“These projects will create more good jobs across Ontario and provide more new clean, reliable power to keep the lights for our children and grandchildren. Ontario is a global leader in clean energy and we are pleased that so many Ontarians share our vision for a modern, clean electricity system.”
“We are pleased to continue to grow Ontario's clean energy economy through the FIT Program. These mid-size projects represent a diverse range of participants, which indicates that Ontarians are truly embracing the opportunity the FIT Program provides.”
“Environmental Defence is a strong supporter of Ontario's Green Energy Act and the FIT program. Today's announcement demonstrates the province's commitment to renewable energy generation in Ontario, contributing to job growth, clean air and healthy communities.”
“These FIT announcements are important job creators for the construction trades. They have been life savers for many workers during the recession. They provide work for skilled trades people and apprenticeship opportunities for the next generation of construction workers.”