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Natural Resources Canada
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December 5, 2011

Minister Oliver Highlights Role of Solar Industry in Canada’s Energy Sector


TORONTO — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, today opened the Solar Canada 2011 conference in Toronto and highlighted the growing importance of renewable technologies in Canada’s energy mix. Minister Oliver discussed the solar industry’s strong foundation for growth and the Government of Canada’s continued support for research, development and deployment in solar technologies.

“Through our support for cutting-edge clean energy technologies, like solar, we are creating high-quality jobs and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Minister Oliver. “Canada’s leading role in solar energy technology and innovation continues to help create a vibrant clean energy industry in Canada.”

Minister Oliver noted the Government of Canada’s leadership in research and development has led to the commercialization of solar technologies both in Canada and internationally. The development of standards and certifications has also been key to facilitate growth in the solar industry. The Government of Canada continues to support the industry through the Clean Energy Fund and the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative.

“Clean energy technologies that demonstrate the greatest potential for progress form the essence of Canada’s clean tech approach,” said Minister Oliver. “We are investing in research, development and demonstration projects that enhance Canada’s competiveness, productivity and capacity for innovation.”

The Minister also congratulated the Drake Landing Solar Community, just south of Calgary, which won the Golden Energy Globe World Award at the prestigious Energy Globe Foundation Annual Awards in Austria on November 25th. Natural Resources Canada has invested close to $3 million in this project and we continue to applaud the solar industry as it grows.

Overall, 2010 was a strong year for the Canadian solar industry. Revenues in the solar photovoltaic industry were up 60 percent, to more than $1.1 billion. There was also a revenue increase of more than 75 percent to $37.5 million for the solar thermal industry. The Canadian Solar Industries Association has more than 650 member companies, and it's estimated that the solar industry now employs more than 5500 Canadians.


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Speaking at Solar Canada 2011 today, in Toronto, the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, highlighted the growing importance of renewable technologies in Canada’s energy mix. Minister Oliver also discussed the solar industry’s strong foundation for growth and the Government of Canada’s continued support for research, development and deployment in solar technologies.

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