Ontario’s Alternative Energy Push

My respect for Canada has just gone up another notch…

A raft of subsidies and other incentives is making Ontario a hot spot for solar panel manufacturers and others in alternative energy.

This week, the province’s government announced a $610 million fund to develop a green technology industry and attract carmakers and solar panel makers. Municipalities will also be able to dip into a separate $206 million fund for retrofitting buildings.

Additionally, the province has unfurled programs that eliminate sales tax on Energy Star-rated lightbulbs and appliances for a year, offer homeowners up to about $4,689 to install energy-efficient appliances, and set a goal to see 100,000 homes go solar. A pilot program will also extend zero-interest loans to homeowners who install renewable energy systems. These build on other programs designed to increase solar power demand.

Overall, Ontario wants to reduce greenhouse gas levels to 6 percent below 1990 levels by 2014, 15 percent below those levels by 2020, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

[Source: CNet News]

And just across Canada’s southern border… Oh well, we all know the story…

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Mohamed Marwen Meddah is a web development director, amateur photographer and web enthusiast from Tunisia, currently living in Canada.

One thought on “Ontario’s Alternative Energy Push”

  1. Yep, that’s where i live. but don’t be fooled, every move is calculated. Ontario lost 15,000 in the manuf jobs to the rising CAD dollar and the fierce competition in the auto industry.
    Furthemore, Ontario is one of the most polluting province in the great lakes region, we still have coal firing mines here and we have a hard time getting rid of.
    I’m however oroud that my taxes are going to good use.

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