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Last week, Canadian Solar announced their opening of a new solar panel manufacturing plant in London, Ontario. This plant was created in association with Samsung Renewable Energy, and proposes to generate over 1500MW of renewable, green-sourced energy for Ontario residents.

It’s welcome news to individuals concerned about the seemingly slow advancement of Ontario’s Green Energy Act of 2009. With new developments towards renewable solar power, proponents are excited to see a rise in solar energy’s role in the Ontario energy grid.

 Currently solar power provides approximately 1% of Ontario’s energy needs, it’s believed that a greater focus on solar as a source of green energy can help wean Ontario residents off of the costly financial and environmental impact that fossil fuels has been placing on Canada’s infrastructure.

That is to say that solar energy won’t ever be the end-all-be-all of renewable energy sources, but effective renewable energy grids proposed will use a combination of several available renewable sources to replace fossil fuel dependencies on the grid.

Currently, Ontario’s renewable energy prospects look to be a combination of traditional energy vehicles, that being partially fossil fuel based, with excess being taken over by the creation of hydroelectric dams, wind turbine farms, and the newly announced solar panel facilities.

Challenges going forward for Ontario’s Green Energy initiative are a combination of two fronts, both equally important. The first step is to educate Ontario residents to the reality and responsibilities of a greener Ontario, including challenging or accepting concerns and criticisms from Ontario residents going forward into these new initiatives.

The other challenge, perhaps more crucial to the future of a green Ontario, is creating a broad economic benefit for all people of Ontario. At the moment, the prospects for a economically viable Green Ontario are up in the air, as the Ontario Liberal Party did not see the job creation the initial Green Energy Act proposed, and energy prices remain in flux.

However, Ontario Energy Group encourages Ontario residents to start the change themselves. Make small but noticeable improvements to your home, including replacing outdated appliances that are wasteful or inefficient. For those seeking a greener Ontario, there’s no better place to start than your own home.

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