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Ontario awards contracts for renewable energy projects


April 12, 2010
by Purchasingb2b Staff

Ontario’s Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure has awarded contract offers for almost 2,500 megawatts of renewable energy.

These projects, approved under the province’s Feed-in Tarriff (FIT) program, are part of what the province calls the largest green energy investment in Canadian history.

Brad Duguid, Ontario’s minister of energy and infrastructure, said the projects will make the province "a place of destination for green energy development, manufacturing and expertise.

“The investments generated by FIT will not only create green jobs, but will also build a coal-free legacy for future generations.”

The projects

The 184 projects will generate enough energy to power 600,000 homes.

The projects include a total of 694 FIT contract offers, which will create 20,000 direct and indirect green jobs and attract about $9 billion in private-sector investment. They are also intended to generate investment in new Ontario-based manufacturing.

Seventy-six of the approved projects are ground-mounted solar photovoltaic generation systems, 47 are on-shore wind initiatives and 46 are waterpower projects.

There are also seven biogas, two biomass, four landfill gas, one rooftop solar and one off-shore wind projects.

The provincial government has prioritized renewable energy as part of its strategy to eliminate coal-fired power generation by the end of 2014.