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  • OSEA: Ontario’s prosperity is powered, heated, cooled and moved by sustainable energy
    by producing power not just using it It is clear that green energy is creating good jobs local resilience and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by sustainable energy It may seem like we have all the power that we need right now However the reality is that all parties have neglected our electricity grid power generation building code and transportation infrastructure for decades creating some sticker shock as we modernize and rebuild Ontario has also faced rising pressure to keep competitive because we waste so much of the valuable energy we do have Modernizing our energy system to increase energy efficiency lowers costs and is an investment that will pay dividends by making Ontario more competitive simply by doing more with less energy So the bad news is that in the short term the cost of energy is going to rise whether we rebuild our old antiquated centralized dirty energy system or invest in a modern decentralized and clean sustainable energy system The only way to ensure we aren t beholden to volatile fuel costs is to waste less energy and get our energy from fixed priced renewable sources such as biogas wind solar and hydro Investing in these technologies now builds capacity and lowers costs even further as we continue to invest The good news beyond free fuel inputs is that a modern distributed portfolio of clean renewable energy can locate project benefits directly in communities across the province for a better price tag than other options All parts of our province can benefit from this transition Since 2009 Ontario s Green Energy and Economy Act has attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 jobs during a global economic recession all while our automotive sector was languishing Ontario s bold steps to

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Oshawa meet the candidates
    systems Stacey Leadbetter Green Party candidate opened the discussion by stressing the importance of educating the public on the benefits of wind and solar We want to see home builders and developers incorporating sustainable solutions such as waste water recovery in new buildings We need affordable accessible Made In Ontario solutions Estrick Quintyn followed by pointing to the 24 billion in local and foreign investment 42 000 green energy jobs and 4 4 billion saved on annual health care costs achieved thanks to the policies implemented by the Liberal government Ontario has come a long way in the last decade and we have to keep up the momentum he said Ryan Kelly closed the discussion by stressing the need for conservation The NDP is seeking to amalgamate the energy agencies and plans to explore more sustainable ways of energy generation There are jobs in green energy and we want to encourage employers that invest in sustainable energy solutions with tax credits and other incentives Kelly concluded by saying that the NDP would honor existing FIT contracts and keep the FIT program for smaller projects They also plan to conduct a full environmental assessment of the Long term Energy Plan Ryan Duffy of Blackstone Energy Solutions Inc moderated the session and noted the importance of unity and collaboration and creating partnerships to move the sector forward Nicole Risse Director of Finance Operations at OSEA closed the official part of the evening stating We need to shift our concern about energy rates to energy bills If we invest in conservation and energy efficiency we can reduce our consumption which will result in lower energy bills even if the price of energy goes up This is the case in New York where the average person uses 27 less power than the average Ontarian

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  • OSEA: Sustainable Energy champions from Kingston, Frontenac and the Islands meet the candidates
    a cleantech research innovation and industrial hub Robert Kiley took the podium and framed his comments Cost community and conservation We know that replacing our end of life nuclear is more costly than other options Hydro imports and green local generation can meet our needs The Ernestown wind farm is a great example of a community commercial partnership creating a win win that should be the norm for all projects in Ontario Robert closed pointing out that conservation has the power to lower our bills Mary Rita Holland spoke next about the NDP s commitment to sustainable energy Climate change is a very present reality in our every day lives and is strongly linked to the economic output and social determinants of health and quality of life The challenges facing us represent real opportunities for us The NDP are planning several funding mechanisms to support manufacturing upgrades to improve efficiencies and on site generation of energy a fund to assist emerging industries like storage technologies and a homeowner loan program to help people make their homes more energy efficient Jonathan Reid of the Freedom Party closed the evening by stating that We believe that economies are best served when governments are not picking winners and losers in the economy We would like to stop all wind energy and nuclear projects and see a move towards increased hydro Right now we have a surplus of electricity and at times have to pay other jurisdictions to take our power We should not be approving wasteful energy projects that we don t need We need to keep energy costs low to retain and attract manufacturers Tyson Champagne of SWITCH thanked the candidates and noted Going forward we need all parties competing to have the best policy to support sustainable energy in the region

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  • OSEA: OSEA Raises Funds to Run Ad Campaign in Support of Sustainable Energy in the Provincial Election
    parties has vowed to cancel the Green Energy Act and the FIT programs initiatives that have attracted over 24 billion in investment and created more than 42 000 new manufacturing trades and high tech jobs during a global economic crisis All parties should be competing to build on our successes modernizing our antiquated system not threatening to scare away investors sell off public assets close green energy manufacturers eliminate jobs and take away local economic benefit from champion communities who have chosen to become hosts partners proponents and enablers of sustainable energy Communities like Welland Pic River Brant County Toronto M Chigeeng Guelph Kingston Sault Ste Marie Markham London and Kapuskasing and my hometown of Pembroke to name a few In the remaining days leading up to the election we are hosting several regional meet the candidates events and are planning to run an advertising campaign calling on voters to make a choice for a prosperous Ontario with a thriving sustainable energy sector It is all about good jobs resilient communities and healthy environments powered heated cooled and moved by a portfolio of firm flexible distributed sustainable energy We need your support visit campaign 41 champions see list below stepped up and raised 9 325 on and off line enabling us to buy airtime for our sustainable energy support ad on Sun TV during their showing of Downwind and radio spots in the areas Kitchener Waterloo Kingston and Ottawa In addition to that the Niagara Energy Alliance is running two supportive radio ads in the Niagara region The Indiegogo campaign is now closed but if you would like us to run the ad in another region please contact Nicole at 416 977 4441 x3 With additional funding we will be able to increase our coverage but airtime is selling out

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  • OSEA: Solarize Energy and Community Power Northumberland Announce a Development and Financing Partnership
    commercial operation in an efficient and timely manner said Carlos Leite Managing Director of Solarize Energy These projects are possible under the government of Ontario s FIT Program with its focus on the development of distributed clean power By replacing fossil fuels the clean energy generated by these solar photovoltaic systems will also contribute significantly to efforts to fight climate change Together the three projects involve the installation of over 4 000 Ontario made solar panels in the area of Cobourg Ontario bringing local engineering and installation jobs during the construction period and maintenance jobs during the operating lifetime of the solar arrays said Craig Walker Sales Manager at Solarize Energy The positive legacy of a switch to distributed power generation from renewable sources was highlighted by Tony Walker President of CPN These projects will contribute to Ontario s efforts to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and make a positive contribution in the fight against climate change a legacy to our children and grandchildren The annual reduction in GHG emissions is equivalent to eliminating 1 377 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere or to removing 252 cars or light trucks off the road We are pleased with our partnership with Solarize and with our community based efforts to reduce our carbon footprint These projects include investment by over 50 local residents living in the Cobourg area added Rich Tyssen Secretary of CPN To learn more about how interested FIT2 contract holders can take advantage of Solarize s development expertise and aggregate financing facility contact our Sales Department at 519 304 7011 for a free no obligation consultation or visit Solarize Energy online at www solarizeenergy ca About Solarize Energy L P Solarize Energy L P www solarizeenergy ca based in Brantford was established in 2009 to develop finance own

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  • OSEA: Niagara’s sustainable energy employers meet the candidates
    is the largest climate change mitigation effort in North America Karen Fraser made here first public appearance as the Green Party candidate for the riding and stated her party s commitment to supporting renewable energy and energy efficiency programs that help Ontarians save money We need to also be open to options and innovations that can improve our energy system and lives Mathew Siscoe a city councillor in St Catharines since 2010 a Catholic school teacher and the candidate for the Progressive Conservatives highlighted his party s commitment to looking at all the options including renewables nuclear and hydro imports while ensuring there is no corporate welfare We are committed to keeping the costs for businesses down and to ensuring manufacturers stay in the region Following the discussion the candidates mingled with the attendees Locals employed at the plants and projects in the region were excited to share their stories about finding good work contributing to the local economy and the importance of wind and solar in their community PowerBlades is the second important manufacturing employer in Welland and we believe that we can further increase employment opportunities at the facility in the future Talking about renewable energy means also talking about sustainable jobs that is the most important outcome of the event from my perspective says Dan Dragoman the plant manager of PowerBlades Inc Senvion s North American blade factory At the moment PowerBlades has nearly 150 employees and is planning for about 100 more in the future In total Senvion and its partners account for about 4 000 jobs in Ontario Kristopher Stevens Executive Director of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association closed off the evening highlighting that champion communities like Welland Niagara Hamilton and Beamsville need to be celebrated They are working with the sector as hosts partners

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  • OSEA: LIFE, SouthWest and ArcStar reach financing agreement for solar portfolio
    solar portfolio Kitchener ON May 8 LIFE Co op ArcStar Energy LLC and SouthWest Solar Venture One a division of the Hayter Group are pleased to announce the execution of definitive terms to fund a 960 kW DC portfolio of construction ready commercial rooftop solar energy projects in Cambridge Ontario The projects are being developed by LIFE and SouthWest under the Ontario Power Authority s Feed in Tariff FIT program The transaction will include a US based solar equity fund which is investing in and acquiring high value solar projects in partnership with ArcStar in Canada the USA and Mexico Our investment partners are veterans in commercial industrial and utility solar projects so they have exacting standards said Chick Wassell Chairman of ArcStar Energy This transaction is testament to the quality of these projects and to LIFE and Southwest as developers We are pleased to be working with them and look forward to a long and mutually rewarding relationship LIFE Co op s General Manager Shane Mulligan commented We are fortunate to be working with ArcStar to bring these projects to completion ArcStar brings a wealth of experience to the table and the resources to ensure our members and investors

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  • OSEA: EfstonScience named Authorized Solar Distributor for Schneider Electric’s Grid-Tie Inverters for FIT
    bankable inverters for any FIT project As Schneider s authorized solar distributor pricing will be the same and perhaps better than buying directly from the manufacturer With an over 80 year history as Ontario s leading electrical manufacturer Schneider Electric produces the world s top rated grid tie solar inverters says Nick Efston President of EfstonScience and eSolar ca We are proud to partner with Schneider Electric to best service the commercial solar energy market and ensure clients get the top technology they need to protect their FIT investments Partnering with Schneider has many benefits 500 GT inverters have already been installed across Ontario With an office and plant in Mississauga Ontario Schneider Electric has 100 service technicians and 35 trucks service unparalleled in this market today 10 and 20 year extended warranties are available with service and up time guarantees as options Schneider Electric is the only inverter manufacturer with Multiple Environmental Over Stress Testing MEOST facilities The team at EfstonScience is dedicated to exceptional customer service top notch logistics management comprehensive engineering support and of course providing unmatched technology expertise says Efston We re so happy to be working with Schneider to equip our customers with the leading technology they need to generate revenue and deliver renewable energy to communities across Ontario eSolar ca s specialists will be at Schneider Electric s booth 700 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre s CANSIA Solar Canada 2013 Show on December 9th and 10th To learn more please visit esolar ca schneider inverters or contact Schneider eSolar ca to book a face to face meeting at the trade show or come to a Lunch and Learn at the Schneider Electric Plant 30 About EfstonScience and eSolar ca EfstonScience Canada s solar and wind power experts is a leading supplier and installer

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