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The Renewable Energy Program

Solar Panels and Windmill

Society's use of energy is one of the most significant factors contributing to climate change. According to the National Round Table on Environment and Energy (NRTEE), to address the impact of energy on climate change, we need to look at two key areas: how we use energy; and how we produce energy. The Renewable Energy Program addresses this latter issue.

We are currently pursuing five major initiatives in support of transforming the market for renewable energy technologies:

The Energy Trail at Kortright provides one of the largest renewable energy demonstrations, training and education programs in Canada. Click here for more information.  

The Renewable Energy Road Map is a project to identify the most strategic actions needed to move the market for renewable energy technologies. Click here for more information. 

The Business Case for Alternative Energy is a project to articulate, in simple terms, the business case for specific renewable technologies and target audiences. 

The Underground Thermal Energy Storage (UTES) Study: Toronto and Region Conservation and our partners are planning to look at the technical potential for Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage (ATES) and Borehole Thermal Energy Storage (BTES) in the GTA in 2009. On July 30, 2008 TRCA hosted a presentation on UTES.

Through the Rooftop Solar Program, TRCA is seeking to drive greater adoption of rooftop solar on buildings by landowners and facility managers.