What do you get when you combine the Honeymoon Capital of the World, the Rose City and the Garden City together? The Green Energy Capital of Canada, of course.
On Thursday, in a 20-7 vote, regional council approved the Niagara region to be known as the Green Energy Capital of Canada, an idea proposed by Niagara Falls Mayor Jim Diodati. The new title will come with signs being erected at key entry ways to Niagara in a new way to market the area, said Diodati.
“It’s not the only way, but one more way to market ourselves,” he said. “There’s a lot of green energy things happening here that just aren’t on the surface.” Diodati said while the hydroelectric history of Niagara Falls is the driving factor, solar power, wind power and energy efficient companies help with the self-proclaimed title.
He referenced Cytec as an example. The company, the largest producer of phosphine products in the world, is undergoing a $150 million expansion. “They make what is used in LED lights. That’s extremely green,” said Diodati.
The name isn’t because Niagara is affected by the greenbelt legislation, Diodati said, and was chosen after months of research. Places like James Bay and Vancouver were looked at for what green initiatives they were partaking in. “We have the Great Lakes, and there are great wind opportunities because of that. We are right beside Leamington — the most southern point in Canada — and there are great sunshine opportunities because of that,” he said. “We have the waterfalls and green-energy companies want to come here.” He noted Shanghai Taisheng Wind Power Equipment Co. Ltd. announced in June plans to produce wind-turbine parts in Thorold. Read article