Guelph Ontario is at the forefront of Ontario’s green economic transition. Guelph has its own community energy plan which calls for a reduction of per capita energy use and greenhouse gas emissions. Their utility, Guelph Hydro, is pursuing a number of renewable energy projects within City limits. And Guelph’s citizens can participate in the green economy as well, through membership in one of the city’s two solar co-operatives.
Guelph’s commitment to the green economy are believed to have helped the city establish a solar energy cluster anchored by Canadian Solar, Canada’s largest solar panel manufacturer, and Sustainable Energy Technologies, a solar inverter manufacturer. This commitment is also encouraging existing manufacturers such as Guelph’s largest employer, Linamar, to take action to green operations and reduce their impacts.
In Guelph, we are exploring how the city is Making Green Work. What are the factors have helped Guelph establish its early lead? What are some possible next steps Guelph could consider to continue their transition to a green economy? To get involved in Making Green Work in Guelph or for more information, contact Bill Thompson.