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Solar Panel Manufacturing Brings 400 Jobs To Newmarket

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Solar Panel Manufacturing Brings 400 Jobs To Newmarket

McGuinty Government Continues To Build Clean Energy Economy

Ontario's commitment to clean, renewable energy is attracting up to 400 new jobs and investment to the city of Newmarket.

A partnership between MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc. and SunEdison, its solar energy subsidiary, along with manufacturing partner Flextronics will support approximately 400 new jobs to make solar panels at Flextronics' facility in Newmarket. The new solar panels will enable solar projects in Ontario to produce clean, renewable energy, helping to power thousands of homes, businesses, hospitals and schools. By building key partnerships in the province's clean energy industry, these companies are supporting Ontario's transition to renewable sources of energy.

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 province'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 is on track to create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012. Over 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of the plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's clean energy economy has attracted more than $20 billion of investment.
  • 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 industry.
  • Ontario has the most solar energy of any jurisdiction in Canada, and Ontario is home to the 10 largest solar farms in Canada.
  • Ontario forecasts that by 2018, 10,700 megawatts of renewable power from wind, solar and bio-energy will have been brought online - enough electricity each year to power more than 2 million homes.
  • Coal-fired generation was down 90 per cent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same timeframe in 2003.
  • An average household can expect to save about $150 in 2011 through the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which is taking 10 per cent off electricity bills for the next five years. It has helped average household bills remain flat compared with the same time last year.
  • Ontario has conserved more than 1,700 megawatts of electricity over the past five years - the equivalent of taking more than half a million homes off the electricity grid.

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“Ontario's clean energy economy continues to create good jobs and attract billions of dollars of investment as Ontario turns the corner. We are replacing dirty coal, cleaning up the air we breathe and ensuring a healthier future for our children and grandchildren.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“Ontario's goal is to become North America's leading manufacturing centre of excellence in solar energy production. With the help of innovative, ahead-of-the-curve companies like SunEdison, our province is another step closer in developing a more reliable, cleaner energy system that will create good-paying jobs in Newmarket and across our province.”

Sandra Pupatello

Minister of Economic Development and Trade

“SunEdison is pleased to be part of building a long-term and sustainable solar market in Ontario. We believe that solar and other renewable energy solutions are key components of the province's supply mix as they create jobs and cleaner energy solutions.”

Jason Gray

Vice President and Country Manager, SunEdison

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