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January 11, 2008
Proposed bylaw would permit renewable energy generation on all properties
The City of Toronto will consider a renewable energy bylaw that, if passed, would permit the production of energy from renewable energy sources on all properties. The bylaw would allow devices such as solar panels, wind turbines and heat pumps to be used to convert sun, wind and geothermal energy to electrical or heat energy.

The bylaw would also permit the distribution of that energy off-site, subject to applicable legislation.

Through this bylaw, residents would be able to produce renewable energy on their properties, subject to local bylaws that require these generation devices to be placed in a manner that respects the existing community character.

“By providing the opportunity for residents to generate their own renewable energy, this proposal fully supports the City’s climate change initiatives,” said Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40 Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee. “This bold new direction is unique in the province. All Toronto property owners will have the chance to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of the air we breathe, while drastically reducing their energy costs and improving the environment.”

In 2007, City Council adopted Change is in the Air: The Climate Change, Clean Air and Sustainable Energy Action Plan, which is guiding Toronto’s actions as it becomes a North American leader on the issue of climate change.

The adoption of a permissible renewable energy bylaw would bring zoning in line with the climate change action plan and the City’s Official Plan, both of which support the use of renewable energy as a means to improve air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduce electricity demand.

Yesterday, the City’s Planning and Growth Management Committee directed staff to draft the bylaw, which will be open to public consultation at the committee’s next meeting on February 13.

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:

Councillor Norm Kelly, Chair, Planning and Growth Management Committee, 416-392-4047,

Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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