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Ontario invests $200M to install LEDs, solar panels on hundreds of province’s schools

by Cleantech Canada Staff   

Cleantech Canada
Environment Financing Cleantech Energy Infrastructure Public Sector

The funds comes from the Ontario's cap-and-trade auctions, which netted nearly $2 billion last year

TORONTO—Hundreds of Ontario schools are poised to get energy efficiency upgrades paid for by the province’s cap-and-trade market.

Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s minister of Education, announced the $200 million in funding at Kensington Community School in Toronto Jan. 12.

The elementary school on the west end of downtown will get $358,000 to pay for a pair of hot water boilers, while nearly 600 other schools across the province will receive funding to buy LED lights, solar panel arrays and other energy-saving systems.

“These energy-efficient upgrades will reduce greenhouse gas emissions to create a greener school environment for students and staff, and a healthier future for the province,” Hunter said in a statement.


Aiming to cut down on emissions, Ontario launched its cap-and-trade program at the beginning of 2017.

The carbon market netted the province nearly $2 billion in its first year. While the auctions were restricted to Ontario in 2017, the province will hold joint auctions with California and Quebec starting this year.


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