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2013-01-18 at NOON

Two Thunder Bay Hydro solar projects now online

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Thunder Bay Hydro is successfully switching on two solar projects.

Renewable Energy Development Manager Jim Kibiuk says combined the panels at Superior North EMS and the Victoriaville Parkade could deliver enough hydro to power 36 homes each year.

"The cooperative nature of a project like this cannot be under estimated," Kibiuk said. "Over a dozen local companies and organizations worked together successfully on these installations. I'd like to express our gratitude for the effort it took to make it happen."

Four more projects are planned for 2013.

Those projects include the Port Arthur arena, and Fort William Road transit facility.

Kibiuk says the projects are part of Thunder Bay Bay Hydro's commitment to building renewable generation in the city.

"Thunder Bay Hydro is building a portfolio of valuable renewable generation assets, one project at a time," Kibiuk said.


(CKPR Radio)

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hotdog says:
Well isn't this a sad day when public money is spent on installing subsidized Solar Power that the rate payers have to absorb and for the next 20 years. Its called a tax grab folks. If we needed the power, the Thermal Generating Station would be running, which it hasn't done for 3 years! All the money paid for the power from these panels will go into public sector budgets to help them maintain their wasteful use of hard earned taxes. This project is pure nonsence at its finest.
1/18/2013 6:21:52 PM
jd says:
This is unbelievable. You are promoting the area for development and saying there is enough parking because of the parkade. Now you put solar panels on the roof that will take away parking for the arena that you said would use the parkade for parking. Can the City Managers please get together and at least get their stories straight before they do things around the city. You have the transportation department saying that due to increase traffic on Oliver Road they need traffic lights by hospital and then you have the someone else saying they are going to make bike lanes on this same stretch when you have hundreds of feet of land beside the road that you can make a separate bike path on. We have the one of the best views at City Hall with it now acting a the main bus depot on the south side. Building new access roads to Inova Park when there is no one interested in setting up shop there and not allowing the Arena to be built there. I'm waiting for the monorail to be built next.
1/18/2013 6:27:11 PM
hadenough says:
You did read the article right? Victoriaville Parkade is on the south side of town and, there's no parking on the roof.
The proposed arena/multiplex site is on the north side of town so parking at Victoriaville is really not relevant.

The rest of your rant is well, just a rant and poorly thought out.
1/19/2013 8:35:53 AM
Me n My Opinion says:
It's a long walk from the Victoriaville Parkade to the proposed events centre site.
1/19/2013 9:44:42 AM
Tiredofit says:
Before you go off on a tangent you might want to check your facts. There has NEVER been parking available on e roof of the parkade, it houses a lot of the mechanical stuff for the buildings.
1/19/2013 10:07:43 AM
buzz says:
JB not sure what you are reading, the story says this was on the Victoriaville Parkade, in downtown Fort William, how does this effect parking around the proposed arena site in Port Arthur. Also could you please quote where in the article it says this project took away any parking spots. Maybe you should slow down and actually read the article next time before you go on an unrelated rant.
1/19/2013 10:50:58 AM
tsb says:
The Victoriaville Parkade doesn't have any parking on its roof. You're thinking of the Heart of the Harbour Parkade, which is an active parking lot and can't have solar panels installed on it.
1/19/2013 12:24:18 PM
SomeGuy says:
The more alternative energy projects the better and the more we that are installed it will drive the price down and improve the technology.

This notion that we can continue to burn stuff for energy can not last forever.
1/20/2013 10:51:29 PM
tudor says:
we are a spoiled bunch.

We expect cheap gas, cheap power, cheap food, cheap travel, cheap housing, water to hose down our driveways and sidewalks, cheap everything, first class health care, first class services, high wages, while doing it all without thinking one iota of what it may do to the planet. Who cares. Let the next generation deal with it, right.

These solar projects will not change the climate overnight, but Ontario continues to be a leader in moving us away from burning everything we can for heat and light and instead growing renewables. 36 homes may no longer have to be on the grid. Lets shoot for 100, then a 1000.

How about every city do this, then every province. Pretty soon, it does make a difference.

We have to try. The alternative is more contamination, more disease and destruction and more risk of wars over the worlds limited finite resources.

Maybe that is what we need. The risk of world war for the planet to get its act together.
1/21/2013 11:13:35 AM
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