Federal funding to set up Ontario community co-operatives

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The Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA) has received a federal government grant of C$150,000 over two years to help co-ordinate the efforts of a growing number of community renewable energy co-operatives in the province. Up to ten co-ops have plans for local renewable energy development. OSEA will focus its efforts largely on those interested in installing wind power generation. The funding will allow the association to implement education and communications programs and liaise with government and other funding organisations. "It's through this type of initiative that all Canadians eventually will have an important role in the greening of this country," says Georges Farrah, the parliamentary secretary responsible for rural development. Interest in community wind co-ops in Ontario has grown since the Toronto Renewable Energy Co-operative and its joint venture partner, Toronto Hydro, successfully installed a 750 kW Lagerwey turbine on the city's waterfront in 2003. At least ten organisations are pursuing community projects in the province from one to 20 MW.

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