"Our sector applauds the Government of Canada's continued investments in energy system transition - in particular in the deployment of clean, renewable resources like solar power," remarked John Gorman, President & CEO of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA). "The benefits of these investments will span far beyond the businesses and homeowners eager to embrace solar energy. They will extend throughout our entire economy and will create skilled trades jobs for generations."
Particularly notable investments include $1.01 billion to increase energy efficiency in residential, commercial and multi-unit buildings, including via the deployment of distributed generation; $300 million for zero-emissions vehicle purchase incentives; $2.2 billion in additional infrastructure funding for communities, including for community energy systems; support for planning efforts by jurisdictions looking to advance clean energy projects; and actions to help smooth Canada's transition away from coal-fired power.
As noted in Budget 2019, Canada's First Ministers agreed in December 2018 to develop a framework for a clean electric future of reliable and affordable electricity. The measures announced yesterday are a good step forward, but more work remains ahead. CanSIA and its member companies are committed to supporting the process as Canada moves towards a more sustainable energy future for all.
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The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) is a national trade association that represents the solar energy industry throughout Canada. CanSIA's vision for Canada's solar energy industry is for solar electricity to be a mainstream energy source and an integral part of Canada's diversified electricity mix by 2020, operating in a supportive and stable policy and regulatory environment within a similar time frame. Follow CanSIA on Twitter and Facebook.