Tourist camp gets funds to go solar

The Ontario government is supporting the use of alternative energy sources in the north by investing in the installation of a solar power system at a tourism camp in the Lake of the Woods area, Northern Development and Mines minister Rick Bartolucci announced last week.
“Our government is helping small, northern resource-based tourism businesses pursue clean energy sources and reduce their operating costs,” noted Bartolucci, who also chairs the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp.
“This project will help the camp acquire a renewable energy power system and reduce diesel fuel consumption costs,” he added.
Miles Bay Camp, located on an island on Lake of the Woods, will receive $25,650 from the NOHFC to purchase and install an 11-kilowatt solar power system.
The solar energy will provide electrical power and a cleaner environment, as well as will reduce the camp’s dependency on its diesel generator.
“We believe that developing alternative energy sources will help sustain northern tourist camps and ensure that they continue to thrive,” said Bartolucci.
“The NOHFC is pleased to be helping Miles Bay Camp and other remote tourist outfitters reduce costs while contributing to preserving and protecting the northern ecology.”
Other McGuinty government initiatives for northern prosperity include:
•investing more than $7 million to date—from the NOHFC—to provide internships and work placements to help some 425 young northerners launch their careers in the north;
•providing $2.2 million to establish the Cancer and Cardiac Research Centre in Thunder Bay; and
•introducing Ontario’s $500 million Manufacturing Investment Strategy to help industry develop leading technologies and innovations to remain globally competitive.