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Solar Manufacturer To Create 300 Jobs In Toronto

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Solar Manufacturer To Create 300 Jobs In Toronto

McGuinty Government Builds Clean Energy Economy As Province Continues To Turn The Corner

Ontario's shift toward clean, renewable energy is attracting more jobs and investment to the Toronto-area.

Eclipsall Energy Corp. is opening a manufacturing facility in Toronto to make solar panels for Ontario's growing clean energy sector, with plans to expand across the North American market in 2012. The plant is expected to create 100 new jobs by the end of this summer, and an additional 200 jobs by early 2012. The solar panels produced at the plant are expected to generate enough electricity each year to power about 25,000 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. Over 13,000 jobs have already been created as a result of Ontario's plan.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's clean energy economy has attracted more than $20 billion dollars of investment and already created 13,000 jobs. It will create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2012.
  • Ontario has the most solar capacity online of any jurisdiction in Canada, and Ontario is home to the 10 largest solar farms in Canada.
  • Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industry.
  • 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.
  • 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 shift toward clean energy is creating thousands of jobs and attracting billions of dollars of investment for Ontarians. It is also a key part of our plan to replace dirty coal, clean up the air we breathe and build a healthier future for generations to come.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Energy

“The Ontario government has put the necessary framework in place to support and foster the province's solar energy sector. Certainly, it is the major factor in the creation of Eclipsall Energy. We are excited to have the Minister take part in our grand opening ceremony and to officially start production of solar panels for the Ontario market.”

Les Lyster

Chief Executive Officer, Eclipsall Energy Corp.

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