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April 30, 2003
City Maintenance Garage goes solar
  
(Jointly Released by the City of Toronto and Government of Canada)

Today, Councillor David Soknacki was joined by Bruce Sibbitt of Natural
Resources Canada and City officials in a ceremony presenting the City's first
solar air heating system at the Central Maintenance Garage, 843 Eastern Ave.

This newest "green renewable energy" source provides solar-heated ventilation
air to supplement an existing natural gas-fired heating system. The Solarwall?
consists of over 600 square metres of perforated dark metal cladding on the
south wall of the garage, visible from Lake Shore Boulevard at Leslie Street.

Councillor Soknacki, Chair of the Board of Directors, Toronto Atmospheric Fund
(TAF), said, "This green energy project demonstrates the City's eagerness to
use innovative, renewable, solar energy technology. The solar wall is an
energy-reduction retrofit with long-term benefits to the environment and the
City's budget."

The Solarwall? is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately
160 tonnes of CO2 per year. Annual savings are forecast to be 85,000 cubic
metres of natural gas or approximately $30,000.

"Developing new technologies are playing a fundamental role in addressing
climate change," said the Honourable Maria Minna, Member of Parliament for
Beaches-East York. "Solarwall is an example of the type of innovative
technologies Canada and the world will need in the years to come."

Additional benefits are increased insulation of the south wall, previously
consisting largely of single-pane windows, and improved air quality through the
solar-heated ventilated air distributed by fans and ducts.

Support for this project, which cost $277,000, was provided by Natural
Resources Canada and by the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. The Toronto Atmospheric
Fund is an agency of the City that funds studies and projects designed to help
the city attain a 20-percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2005.

Natural Resources Canada plays a leading role in helping to improve the quality
of life of Canadians through the sustainable development of our natural
resources. Government of Canada funding for the initiative was provided for in
the February 2003 federal budget.

Natural Resources Canada's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.


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