Ontario’s Solar Energy Industry
(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario is quickly becoming a global leader in the clean energy economy, while building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system for our children and grandchildren.
Speaking to more than 5,000 delegates from across Canada and around the world at the annual Canadian Solar Industries Association conference today, Energy Minister Chris Bentley reinforced our commitment to building a clean energy future, which is attracting renewable energy investment and creating thousands of clean energy jobs.
The solar energy industry plays an important role in helping Ontario rebuild our electricity system. Ontario is home to the ten largest solar farms in the country and is the leading solar energy producer in Canada. The solar industry employs over 8,000 people.
Since launching the Green Energy Act in 2009, over $26 billion of private investment has been committed to Ontario and over 20,000 clean energy jobs have been created and the province is on track to create 50,000 clean energy jobs by the end of 2012.
Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program has also helped strengthen the province’s manufacturing sector and bringing more solar power online. To date, the Ontario Power Authority has awarded over 2,000 FIT contracts for new solar energy projects and 99 per cent of smaller microFIT projects are solar.
Building a clean energy system that supports healthier families, a healthier environment and a healthier economy is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and our economy.
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