Ontario Liberals Create 50 Solar Jobs in Kingston

Published on: 2011/08/07 - in Featured Science & Tech

The Ontario Liberal Party is funding Centennial Global Technology to grow its Kingston solar manufacturing business and creating 50 new jobs in Kingston.  This is in addition to the 10 new jobs created earlier this year by Centennial Global Technology, which announced its expansion into Kingston in late 2010.

This provincial government support will enable Centennial Global Technology to improve its plant facilities and invest in equipment that will further increase its capacity to manufacture solar panels. This greater capacity will allow the company to meet the growing demand created by the Liberal’s provincial Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program.

Centennial Global Technology will also upgrade its skills training programming to help employees advance in their green energy careers.

“We appreciate the Ontario government’s commitment to long-term support for renewable energy and its endorsement of our vision to expand in Kingston,” said Ajoy Das, President and CEO of Centennial Global Technology Inc. “The city’s commitment to sustainability provides us with an ideal setting for our Ontario operations.”

Liberal MPP for Kingston and the Islands, John Gerretsen, stated that “forward-thinking companies like Centennial Global Technology are key partners in the development of Ontario’s provincial and regional economies. Local suppliers will benefit from this investment, not to mention Kingston residents.”

Ontario Unemployment Rate Drops

This $600,000 of provincial funding into Kingston is described as a key component of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and support new and existing jobs for Ontario families, and strengthen local economies.

Under the Liberal government, the Province of Ontario created more jobs in June than the rest of Canada and the U.S. combined. And last week, Statistics Canada unemployment figures showed the unemployment rate in Ontario dropped from 7.7 to 7.5 per cent.

David Suzuki endorses McGuinty Green Energy incentives
Calls Hudak plans ‘absolute insanity’

Scientist and environmental activist David Suzuki, in a recent interview with the Toronto Star, urged Ontarians to re-elect Premier Dalton McGuinty this October to save the Liberals’ “groundbreaking” green energy policies.

Suzuki also expressed concern at Hudak’s pledge to end the “feed-in tariff” subsidy program that promotes green electricity generation by enabling farmers and other producers to sell hydro, wind, and solar power to the grid.

A subsidy program, as stated earlier, that will grow the customer base for Centennial Global Technology and other Kingston businesses.


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