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Ontario parts manufacturers partner with solar developers


October 29, 2010
By Mary Del


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The Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) has partnered with Northland Power Inc. and Arise-Ledcor Renew to bring rooftop solar power installations to the automotive industry in Ontario.

These partnerships will allow for delivery of the Ontario feed-in-tariff (FIT) program, while significantly reducing the associated risks and efforts for automotive suppliers. The FIT program offers long-term stable pricing for energy generated by renewable energy sources, such as biomass, landfill gas, wind, water power, and solar photovoltaic (PV). The program is designed to reduce Ontario’s dependence on fossil fuel-based energy and accelerate investment in renewable energy, helping to position it as a leader in North America.

"The last two years have been difficult for the automotive sector in Ontario. This program will help contribute to the bottom line of companies in Ontario’s automotive parts sector, as well as help improve their environmental performance. Strong environmental commitment is of high importance to our OEM customers. We are pleased to be working with Northland Power and Arise-Ledcor Renew, two reputable renewable energy developers," said Steve Rodgers, president, APMA.
 
With more than 400 automotive manufacturing facilities in Ontario, many of which are strong candidates for rooftop installations, this partnership enables Ontario’s auto sector to contribute to the FIT program and allows APMA to take a leadership position with credibility in the renewable energy field.
 
"This alliance with APMA fits well with our focus on renewable energy and our expertise in solar development," said John Brace, CEO of Northland. "We look forward to contributing to the future success of APMA and its member companies."
 
"As the rooftop solar industry evolves in Ontario, it is becoming clear that the viability of rooftop solar is equally dependent on building construction related issues as it is on good solar design and installation knowledge. The Arise-Ledcor Renew partnership brings unparalleled experience to the table to deliver a comprehensive solar solution to APMA members," said Jonathan Westeinde, vice-president, Ledcor Renew.