Clean-energy legislation is having quite an impact in the Canadian province of Ontario. By the end of 2012, the government projects the creation of 50,000 green jobs. This week’s announcement: The province’s Green Energy Act is right on track with 5,000 green jobs recently added, boosting the total new jobs from the initiative to 13,000.
The government said its feed-in tariff program will spur the creation of 25 large-scale renewable energy projects – primarily wind and solar – that will power about 280,000 homes. In all, more than 2,000 midsize and large-scale feed-in tariff projects have been announced, representing enough electricity to power about 900,000 Ontario homes. Thousands of Ontario residents are also taking advantage of the program, with an estimated 10,000 renewable energy installations connected or ready to connect.
A key to the green energy initiative is the Bruce to Milton reinforcement project. Ontario’s largest transmission project in 20 years, it will bring many of the renewable projects online. At peak construction, 450 people will be working on the Bruce to Milton transmission project, the government said.
“These projects will create more good jobs for Ontario families and provide new, clean power for local communities to grow and prosper,” said Minister of Energy Brad Duguid. “Our efforts are transforming our electricity system, attracting investment, creating thousands of jobs and building a better future for our children and grandchildren.”