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MNO President Gary Lipinski with Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy during
(Ottawa ¨C August 22, 2013) The M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario (MNO), together with its investment partners, announced today that it is set to become a long-term owner of commercial-scale solar projects, earning income over a 20-year period while helping generate clean electricity across the province.
As Ontario¡¯s clean energy economy continues to grow the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) offered 951 new Small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts. These contracts represent enough megawatts to power more than 21,000 homes.?OPA published a list of new renewable energy projects to be offered contracts in response to the province¡¯s recent call for applications sized up to 500 Kilowatts (KW) each. This list is available at www.fit.powerauthority.on.ca.
M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario - BrightRoof Solar LP, a limited partnership formed between the MNO Solar Inc. and BrightRoof Solar, will be offered contracts for 36 FIT projects, with a combined generating capacity of approximately 8 MW AC.? As well, the partnership has a minority interest in a series of projects, with a combined generating capacity of approximately 7 MW AC, which will be also offered contracts.
¡°One of the M¨¦tis Nation¡¯s long-term goals is to be able to generate enough green energy for Ontario¡¯s electric system to meet the needs of every M¨¦tis household in the province,¡± said MNO President Gary Lipinski. ¡°This announcement puts us on the path to achieving this goal, while also creating training opportunities, jobs and wealth for M¨¦tis communities in the province.¡±
¡°Ontario is committed to building a clean, modern and reliable electricity grid,¡± said Hon. Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Energy. ¡°This partnership is a significant opportunity for the M¨¦tis Nation of Ontario to become active participants in the province¡¯s clean energy future while creating sustainable economic development in their communities.¡±
¡°Today¡¯s announcement marks the next step in what is already very strong and productive relationship with the MNO,¡± said David Oxtoby, a director of BrightRoof Solar LP. ¡°We look forward to working together to ensure that the portfolio of solar assets is well designed, well-constructed and well maintained over the 20-year operating life of the projects.¡±
¡°On behalf of the M¨¦tis Nation, I want to thank the Ontario Government as well as our partner ¨D BrightRoof Solar LP ¨D for working with us to enable the M¨¦tis to play an important role in building this province¡¯s green energy economy,¡± concluded President Lipinski.See ALL news articles