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Natural Resources Canada

September 29, 2014 15:51 ET

MP Albrecht Celebrates Clean Technology Milestone in Guelph

GUELPH, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Sept. 29, 2014) - Natural Resources Canada

Harold Albrecht, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga (Ontario), on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, participated today in a groundbreaking ceremony for the first of several homes to be built as part of Canada's largest net-zero low-rise residential demonstration project.

Announced in May 2013 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Owens Corning Canada LP received $1.9 million through the Government of Canada's ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative (ecoEII) for its project Integrating Renewables and Conservation Measures in a Net-Zero Energy Low-Rise Residential Subdivision. Under the project, the company will build 25 new homes that produce at least as much energy as they consume on an annual basis. The project will emphasize affordability and market acceptability in Canada, where very few demonstrations of this kind and size have been built to date.

Through ecoEII, the Government of Canada is providing $268 million over five years (2011-2016) to support research, development and demonstration projects that produce and use energy in a cleaner and more efficient manner that will create jobs, generate economic opportunities and help protect the environment.

Quick Facts

  • Since 2006, the Government of Canada has taken action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment by investing more than $10 billion in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.
  • The clean technology sector is an important economic driver for the Canadian economy, employing more than 52,000 Canadians in over 700 companies across all regions of the country - part of a global supply chain estimated to be worth $10.6 billion.

Quotes

"Our government is proud to invest in programs like the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative which create high-quality jobs and further strengthen Canada's reputation as a worldwide leader in energy innovation. We remain committed to supporting companies that are finding solutions to protect the environment and lower energy bills for all Canadians."

Harold Albrecht
Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Conestoga (Ontario)

Associated Links

Prime Minister's News Release - http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2013/05/03/ecoenergy-innovation-initiative

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative - http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/funding/current-funding-programs/eii/4985

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