Thousands of solar panel systems will be installed on city-owned buildings and on homes and businesses if Shaun Loney is elected this fall, the Winnipeg mayoral candidate says.
“Winnipeg has a fantastic solar resource. We’re losing thousands of young people to other cities on an annual basis,” he said in an interview Friday.
“These things all come together: affordability, job creation, and it’s also good for the environment.”
The labour to install the panels would create a “green job revolution,” said Loney, one of 14 mayoral candidates in this fall’s civic election.
He plans to require any new city project or renovation to incorporate solar power.
Under his plan, residents and business owners could lease large panels in exchange for a credit on their utility bills, a step that would have to be agreed upon by Manitoba Hydro, a provincial Crown corporation.
Loney founded a handful of…