New report looks at renewable energy investments in Ontario’s affordable housing sector

We are pleased to share with you a new research paper written by the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) of the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) in partnership with Evergreen–Review of Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing. CEKAP-affiliated grad students from York U and the University of Guelph participated in the research. This research evaluates the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI), a federal-provincial economic stimulus program that supported the installation of renewable energy (RE) systems within Ontario’s social and affordable housing sector between 2010 and 2011.

This evaluation report documents the benefits of REI investments by evaluating their effectiveness in achieving social, economic and environmental outcomes for social and affordable housing providers and the Province of Ontario, while documenting insights on sector capacity, project implementation, program design and provider experience.

Besides looking back to evaluate one specific REI program, the report also looks forward, providing insights on preferred investment strategies and recommended policy interventions to reduce GHG emissions in social and affordable housing and accelerate the transition to net-zero communities.

You can learn more at the upcoming Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA) Conference, where CEKAP-affiliated grad student Abhi Kantamneni (UofG) will be leading a panel on November 4th at 11:00am. Register here!

Please visit the Evergreen website to download the technical brief or read the full Review of Renewable Energy Investments in Social and Affordable Housing report.

Date Published: August 15, 2017
Written by: Ian McVey and Abhi
Category: Uncategorised