Canadian Govt to Invest $1.1Mn in Solar Projects Installation in Lumsden

With an aim to ramp up its efforts towards renewable energy initiatives, the Government of Canada will be investing about $1.1 million for installing solar panels at four municipal facilities in Lumsden town.

August 25, 2020. By Manu Tayal

With an aim to ramp up its efforts towards renewable energy initiatives, the Government of Canada will be investing about $1.1 million for installing solar panels at four municipal facilities in Lumsden town.  

As the country begins to recover from the corona virus pandemic, the government’s top priority remains the health, safety, and well-being of all Canadians, including working to help the economy recover, creating new green jobs, reducing emissions, and making life more affordable for its people.

Thus, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, announced an investment of approx $1.1 million from the Low Carbon Economy Fund to support the Lumsden’s clean-energy initiatives.

Commenting on the matter, Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, said “the Government of Canada is focused on making life more affordable for Canadians while protecting our environment and growing the economy. Initiatives like the Town of Lumsden’s solar panel project will help reduce emissions and improve air quality in the community. As we aim for a net-zero future by 2050, our government is committed to supporting Canadians across the country in transitioning to a cleaner, more prosperous future for our kids and grandkids.”

Through this funding, the town will install solar panels at its 4 municipal facilities and put 3 of them on track to reach 100 per cent net-zero-emissions status.

The funding for this investment comes from the Partnerships stream of the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution, save money, and create good jobs. Over the lifetime of this project, the Town of Lumsden will see a cumulative reduction of about 13,200 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions. That amount is equivalent to removing approximately 4,000 cars off the road for one year.

“We bundled solar projects for four new facilities in Lumsden, and, now that we have funding from LCEF, we can move ahead and take real action. In addition to being environmentally sustainable, this project is economically and socially sustainable. We are very grateful to Environment and Climate Change Canada for the funding that makes it possible for this project to proceed,” said Rhonda Phillips, Councillor for the Town of Lumsden.

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