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Electricity programs aim to keep greenhouses north of the border

The province’s energy minister took a trip to the Windsor-Essex region to promote electricity programs that are helping local greenhouses and hopefully keeping them motivated to stay in Ontario.
A pair of provincial energy programs have benefits for local Windsor-Essex greenhouses. 2:02

The province's energy minister took a trip to the Windsor-Essex region to promote electricity programs that are helping local greenhouses and hopefully keeping them motivated to stay in Ontario.

Three area greenhouses have been contracted to produce electricity for the grid, through the Combined Heat and Power Standard Offer Program.

"They're basically getting revenue back for the power that they're selling," said Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli. "That depends on circumstances and demand throughout the course of the year. But it will be significant revenue for them."

Another local greenhouse is taking advantage of discounted electricity rates made available through the Industrial Electricity Incentive program.

Play the video to hear the CBC's Dale Molnar explain why these programs are critical to keeping these greenhouses in Ontario.