Towards a Greener Ontario – Provincial Government Supports New Solar Technologies by Richard Komorowski
Cornwall ON – The Ontario Government today announced that it is supporting Morgan Solar Inc. to the tune of $1.86 million to help the company start commercial production of new, highly innovative solar electricity generating panels. The panels use a radically new design to concentrate the light from the sun without using bulky mirrors or lenses. The result is a sturdy, light-weight panel which can better withstand the rigours of Ontario’s weather, and deliver electricity at a lower cost than traditional panels. As many as twenty new, long-term jobs will be created.
Ontario faces the challenge of providing enough energy for its population as conventional sources dry up or become cost prohibitive. Setting up a solar energy farm is expensive, but as production increases, these costs come down. This sort of government investment helps create new jobs, makes research into alternative energy sources feasible, lessens our reliance on fossil fuels, and reduces the highly toxic mercury and uranium pollution from coal-fired plants such as Nanticoke.
According to Nicholas Morgan, Vice-President of Morgan Solar Inc., “Morgan Solar Inc. has delivered on its mission to develop a highly efficient, low cost solar technology. With Ontario’s support we can take another step toward achieving our goal of making solar energy one of the most widely used and affordable power sources in the world.”
Solar Energy is one of the world’s fastest growing energy technologies. Since 2002, worldwide production of solar electricity has doubled every two years.
Commenting on the grant, John Milloy, Provincial Minister of Research and Innovation, stated that: “Ontario has a vision of being the North American leader in clean energy. By helping Morgan Solar, we are delivering on this vision while creating good jobs for Ontario families in a growing industry.”
These new modules comprise a few pounds of aluminum and optical material (principally acrylic), some electronics and tiny slivers of multi-junction photovoltaic cells. By eliminating almost everything that isn’t concentrating light or converting it into electricity, Morgan Solar has developed a lightweight, easy to assemble system that can be built at a fraction of the costs of competing photovoltaic systems.
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