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Stand Up for Solar
Visit the Stand Up for Solar website to learn about solar energy in Ontario and voice your support.
Access to Capital Loan
If you operate a business or farm in Frontenac County, contact Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation to find out if you are eligible to receive an interest free Access to Capital loan for the purchase and installation of alternative energy, where the energy will be used for the operation of the business. Call Kevin at 613.372.1414 or toll-free at 1.888.372.9962 for more information.
The SWITCH Association Plan
The SWITCH Association Plan is a benefits plan developed by SWITCH member Betty-Anne Howard and her team at Making Dreams A Reality Financial Services. The Association Plan is optional for SWITCH members businesses and can be customized for each company. Click here to learn more.
SWITCH is a community partner to Sustainable Kingston!
We have added our actions to their inventory - you can check it out here!
At SWITCH we talk a lot about sustainability - sustainable energy, sustainable technologies, sustainable practices; it is a part of every minute of every day in the work we do to position the Kingston area as a centre for sustainable energy. To sustain our capacity for organizational growth and resilience, SWITCH will be trying some new things in the coming months. There will be fundraisers and paid events. We'll start small, and working with you, our membership, we'll see what works as we move toward greater self-sufficiency.
Thank you for attending the Renewable Energy 'How To' Workshop for Homeowners organized by SWITCH members, and held at St. Lawrence College.
To look at slides and video from previous sessions, Click Here.
Interested in generating electricity from solar PV and participating in the new Feed-In tariff program? Or are you interested in solar hot water for your house? Contact our member firms that sell and install solar energy systems.
You may also wish to participate in the Utilities Kingston Solar Domestic Hot Water rental program. For general information to help you out, here are some answers to frequently asked questions from homeowners.
SWITCH is advocating on behalf of its members
In 2011, SWITCH made a submission to the Ontario Ministry of Energy regarding the 2 year review of the Feed-In Tariff program. Click here to read a copy.
In 2010, SWITCH made submissions to the Ontario Power Authority, the provincial government and/or the federal government regarding the change to the microFIT ground mount rate and the ending of the ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat Program.
In September 2010, SWITCH provided its support to the usage of concrete as a building material for wind turbine towers.
On April 16, 2009 SWITCH made an oral presentation to the standing committee of the Ontario Legislature on the Green Energy and Green Economy Act in order to bring the concerns of its members to the attention of the committee.
In the spring of 2009, SWITCH made a submission to the City of Kingston's planning department regarding the new City Official Plan on behalf of its members, and specifically about the draft Official Plan's statements on the use of land for renewable energy.