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September 9, 2009
Sunnybrook Health Sciences receives almost $2 million in Sustainable Energy Funds toward major energy project
The City of Toronto today presented Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with funding of just over $1.7 million toward the implementation of a major energy project to conserve energy and reduce the health centre’s carbon footprint.

This zero-interest loan was made through the City’s Sustainable Energy Funds managed by the Energy Efficiency Office (EEO) as part of the Better Buildings Partnership (BBP) offer for energy efficiency improvements in Toronto buildings. SEFs are offered as zero-interest loans, repayable over 10 to 20 years, to assist with the upfront costs associated with energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

The Sunnybrook project was successful in meeting the criteria set out by both funds under the Sustainable Energy Funds (SEF) program, which can provide up to $1 million for each project per fund, to a maximum of 49 per cent of total eligible project costs. The Toronto Energy Conservation Fund is supporting a major building retrofit and the Toronto Green Energy Fund is supporting a new 100 kW solar photovoltaic renewable energy installation. Once the project is completed, Sunnybrook Health Sciences expects to save more than $2.4 million in energy costs a year, or about 424,500,000 kilowatt hours of energy.

Together with the solar photovoltaic installation, almost 18,000 tonnes of carbon emissions will be removed from the atmosphere, which is equivalent to eliminating the emissions of about 3,600 cars each year.

The Better Buildings Partnership is an innovative program that provides a range of resources, including financial assistance, to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in Toronto buildings across multifamily, industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors. The BBP’s primary goal is to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions which come from the energy used to heat, light, cool and operate buildings. In addition to offering zero-interest loans through the Sustainable Energy Funds, BBP is partnered with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) to offer attractive incentives for energy savings achieved in retrofits and in the energy efficient construction of new buildings.

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. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Cindy Bromley, Communications Manager, Finance & Administration, City of Toronto, 416-392-4993,



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