Ottawa, Ontario, August 21, 2012 – The Municipality of Wawa’s investment in rooftop solar panels has earned them an AMO Gas Tax Award. The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State for Transport and Gary McNamara, AMO President presented the award to Wawa Mayor Linda Nowicki on stage at the Association’s annual conference in Ottawa on Monday, August 20, 2012.
The AMO Gas Tax Awards celebrate the investment of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund in projects that help achieve the Fund’s environmental objectives of cleaner water, cleaner air or reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Winning projects also have wide ranging benefits to the community, address a local need and demonstrate long-term planning.
“I am so pleased that Wawa has been honoured with an AMO Gas Tax Award. Canada’s Gas Tax Fund allowed us to invest in sustainable community infrastructure that will benefit our community for years to come.”
Wawa invested $136,000 from Canada’s Gas Tax Fund into solar panels on five municipal buildings. The 63.46kW-capacity system is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,129 tonnes over the next 25 years.
This investment addresses Wawa’s need to reduce energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions. The solar panels are also expected to generate $53,000 in revenues each and every year for the northern municipality. Leading by example, Wawa is creating a culture of innovation that is inspiring local residents and neighbouring communities to complete similar projects to improve local sustainability.
“Flexibility has allowed Wawa to invest in community energy systems that produce excellent benefits for the environment and the economy,” said Gary McNamara, AMO President. “The project will generate more money for infrastructure, demonstrating the power of Canada’s Gas Tax Fund to leverage additional investments in our communities.”
Canada’s Gas Tax Fund is the only permanent, predictable, long-term source of municipal infrastructure funding. Ontario municipalities receive $746 million per year for investment in six categories of infrastructure or projects that contribute to long-term planning. Three municipalities received an AMO Gas Tax Award in 2012 including the City of Mississauga for its investment in a fully accessible fleet of transit vehicles and the City of Cambridge, which received a Gas Tax Capacity Building Award for investment in asset management.
AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments. AMO supports strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.
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