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694 contracts for new green energy projects in Ontario to create 20,000 jobs

Cornwall, ON -- Ontario is Canada's leader in wind power and solar photovoltaic capacity. The province is home...


Cornwall, ON — Ontario is Canada’s leader in wind power and solar photovoltaic capacity. The province is home to both Canada’s largest wind and solar farms. Soon, even more Ontario homes and businesses will be powered by green energy.

On April 8, 2010, the province announced it has delivered the largest green energy initiative of its kind in Canadian history. Under its Green Energy Act’s feed-in tariff program, 184 new contracts for big, green-energy projects have been approved. This is in addition to 510 medium-sized projects already announced. The contracts could generate more than 2,500 megawatts — enough electricity to power 600,000 homes.

As well, the domestic content requirements in these projects will mean thousands of new jobs in the growing green energy sector and about $9 billion in private sector investment.

Provincial premier Dalton McGuinty made the announcement in Cornwall, located in eastern Ontario — a region where 60 green energy projects with a potential generating capacity of 900 megawatts have been approved. This includes three 10-megawatt ground-mounted solar projects in the Cornwall area.

Ontario’s Green Energy Act is part of the government’s Open Ontario Plan. It provides a stable price for clean energy producers so they will invest here, and create up to 50,000 Ontario jobs.