Sudbury

Rooftop solar panels added to 2 Sudbury municipal buildings

Two municipal buildings in Sudbury now have solar panels installed to help create clean, emissions free energy, and supply power to Ontario's electricity grid, announced Glenn Thibeault, the province's Energy Minister and the city's MPP on Wednesday.

Panels placed on Pioneer Manor and Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex

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Two municipal buildings in Sudbury now have solar panels installed to help create clean, emissions-free energy, and supply power to Ontario's electricity grid, announced Glenn Thibeault, the province's Energy Minister and the city's MPP on Wednesday.

Rooftop solar panels have been placed on the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex and Pioneer Manor, a residence for people 18-years-old and older who have long-term health care needs and are no longer able to manage in independent living situations.
Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault announced on Wednesday that solar panels will be placed on the roofs of Pioneer Manor and the Gerry McCrory Countryside Sports Complex in the city. (Martha Dillman/CBC)

"Pioneer Manor and Countryside Arena are helping ensure Ontario leads North America in clean energy investment and the fight against climate change. By installing rooftop solar panels that create clean power, they've demonstrated that small actions make a big difference as we move towards a clean energy future," Thibeault stated in a written release.

It's expected each of the projects, which were installed through the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program with the province, will produce enough electricity to power 30 homes.

The FIT Program enables municipalities, public sector entities, Indigenous communities, co-operatives, and companies to generate clean, renewable energy and distribute it to the provincial electricity grid.

Over 2,000 small FIT projects, totalling almost 400 megawatts (MW) of generation capacity have come into operation, since the program was launched in 2009.

Nearly all are solar projects on the roofs of businesses, farms, schools, hospitals, public housing and municipal buildings.