CanSIA supports Ontario solar initiative

OTTAWA June 20, 2007 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association signaled its support for the Ontario Government's Home Energy Retrofit and Solar Power Initiatives announcement today saying it is a move in the right direction.

OTTAWA June 20, 2007 - The Canadian Solar Industries Association signaled its support for the Ontario Government's Home Energy Retrofit and Solar Power Initiatives announcement today saying it is a move in the right direction.


CanSIA pointed out that with this step the Ontario Government is clearly taking a leadership role - not only in this specific initiative but in the way it is partnering with the Federal Government.

"Solar energy is an incredible resource and one of the key green technologies in Canada's arsenal to fight climate change. Clearly the Ontario Government understands the importance of solar energy, that it is here today and going to be a greater part of the future," said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA Executive Director.

The association pointed out that the announcement's pilot project, which applies to both solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies, in the highly populated areas of the York Region, Brampton, Caledon and Mississauga signals the government's understanding that solar can be an incredible energy resource and employment opportunity for the province.

"With 94 members in Ontario, CanSIA is certain this initiative will create growth in the solar energy sector. We are very encouraged with this first step," said McDonald, "We are certain this will be such a success that this program will grow to be established across the province. In fact we hope that all of Canada's provinces and territories take note and follow Ontario in this direction."

The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the transition to a solar energy future worldwide.

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