County of Elgin • Energy and Environment Sector Profile
Industry Trends Assessment
• Within the last 33 years all renewable energy sources have shown an annual growth rate
• Wind has experienced a 48% per annum growth rate, followed by solar with a 28% per
annum growth rate and geothermal a 7.5% annual growth rate .
The Canadian Government has identified
wind energy as a major opportunity,
estimating that between now and 2020
$1 trillion will be invested in new wind
energy facilities worldwide with more
than 1.75 million jobs being created in
Source: International Energy Agency, Renewables in Global Energy Supply, January 2007
Focus on Ontario
• 22% of Ontario’s electricity is provided by renewable energy resources, including hydro.
• The province has shown a proactive approach towards this sector through actions such
as the Ontario Green Energy Act, the Standard Offer Program and other numerous incentives
which will increase investment in this evolving sector.
• Capitalizing on this industry would allow the province to become a national and global leader.
Source: Ontario Energy Board, 2009 Source: Ontario Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure
Federal and Provincial Incentive Programs
for Renewable Energy Projects & Energy Technology Development
Investment has been
done in researching and
commercializing new products and
services. Incentives are available
for small to large scale industries.
Equal investment has been made
into the Green Building sector. This
investment stretches across the
whole industrial ecology of the
sector including the
manufacturing, installation and
certification of efficient buildings
and construction practices.
Source: Overview of Renewable Energy Sector, University of Western Ontario: Stormfisher, 2006
Renewable Energy Projects & ENergy Technology Developer: List of incentives.
The Energy and Environment Sector
in Elgin County
Within the County of Elgin, many natural assets and opportunities exist; and the county
has begun to develop a growing number of businesses that produce sustainable energy
and operate to protect the natural environment.
To properly demonstrate the potential of this sector, it is important to consider the effect of
the nearest large urban center. Elgin County and St. Thomas share a mutually
beneficial relation as they collectively provide opportunity for industry and support
Based on the findings done through NAICS coding, Elgin County and the City of St.
Thomas actively participate in more than 10 sub sectors of the E&E industry.
Availability of land, existing infrastructure, proactive county level approach and existing
expertise provide a fertile environment for the growth of every facet of the E&E sector.
Location Quotient Analysis:
• Based on the calculation of collective Location The existence of a high cluster of engine, turbine
Quotients for the area, the following provide and power transmission equipment
high and medium industry clusters: manufacturing speaks to the County’s
‘Progressive by Nature’ manifesto in utilizing the
• Engine, turbine and power transmission existing pool of manufacturing knowledge in a
equipment manufacturing (LQ 3.70) new emerging sector.
• Waste Collection (LQ 1.14)
• Other electrical equipment and component
manufacturing (LQ 1.07)
• Water, sewage and other systems
Source: Statistics Canada & REDDI, 2006
Business Pattern Analysis
• The patterns data for Elgin County (excluding St. Thomas) demonstrate a high occurrence
of sole proprietor/small business category.
• The business environment and quality of life provides a good mix for small scale
professionals and researchers to establish their businesses away from the urban chaos.
• Solid infrastructure including the availability of quality broadband, enable Elgin County to
play an active role in attracting, retaining and expanding businesses in the E&E sector.
• Diversity of Renewable Energy Projects in Elgin and Southwestern Ontario; presents
an opportunity for Elgin County to play an active role in the growth of a fast emerging sector.
The area is developing a high concentration of large scale renewable energy projects which
are likely to attract the attention of other companies and potentially provide opportunities for
• An Innovative Waste Disposal Site; in Elgin County is a potential model for finding
solutions with municipal waste created in major urban centers of the region. This technology
includes ability to collect methane gas and for on-site treatment of leachates.
• Large Available Plots of Land for Future Development; provide excellent growth
environment . Available properties include existing industrial sites, brown field development
and zoned green field sites. Land values are very competitive with the surrounding area.
• A Diverse Range of Agricultural Producers to Supply Bio-Ethanol Production;
utilize the existing cross sector relation between the E&E and agribusiness sector. This
relation is mutually beneficial and increases the competitive advantage of the County.
• Energy Efficient Construction and Green Building Products; present a cross
collaboration opportunity between existing construction sector and the emerging small
scale renewable energy production business. Examples include energy efficient home
construction, green building material productions and use as well as the production of
electricity through the use of built in solar panels in residential buildings.
• Potential for Anaerobic Digester (AD) Technology; as a result from the existence of
an AD opportunity, which could utilize local and regional organic feedstock in the
townships of Malahide/Aylmer. The concept of anaerobic digester (AD) technology is
being considered as a viable option for on-farm application of alternative renewable
• Educational Institutions on our doorstep; are performing excellent research on the
E&E sector as well as the agribusiness sector. Cross collaboration is encouraged within
the fields, and locational factors in Elgin can provide for excellent partnership
Our Energy and
Erie Shores Wind Farms
• This is a small sized firm who have a wind farm located on the north shore of Lake Erie
on 13,000 acres in Bayham and Malahide Townships, and Norfolk County.
• Erie Shores currently generates 1,856 MW of electricity, or approximately 2.9% of
Canada’s wind power capacity.
• The wind farm is expected to be generating 12,000 MW of electricity by 2016.
First Solar Inc.
• The company recently acquired OptiSolar Farms Canada and is now recognized
as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of PV modules and a provider of
renewable energy through its large scale solar farms.
• Their Belmont solar farm is partially located in Elgin County and is within a 2 KM
• This construction will provide 20 MWs of electricity which is enough to supply
• A growing company which installs geothermal heating systems that utilize ground
source heat pumps to draw energy from shallow ground.
• Business is growing at a tremendous speed with more than a 30% incremental increase
over the past few years.
• They are working towards integrating geothermal energy production with solar panel
production to provide for a complete integrated holistic solution.
Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative
• Integrated Grain Processors Cooperative is an 850 member-based cooperative.
• Using corn as its primary raw material the plant can produce roughly 150 million liters of
denatured fuel grade ethanol; and as a bi-product, animal feed.
• IGPC makes significant contributions to the community and the local economy. Corn is
currently obtained from local farmers while the broader local economy is relied on for
maintenance and service, truck transport as well as supplies.
Green Lane Landfill
• Located just north of Highway 401 in Southwold Township, the Green Lane Landfill has
been owned and operated by the City of Toronto since spring of 2007.
• It has been turned into a modern state-of-the-art facility, with landfill gas management
and leachate management systems which exceed provincial legislative and regulatory
• In April 2010 Toronto’s Executive Committee approved a staff report seeking authority to
implement a biogas utilization system that would convert biogas produced at the City’s
Green Lane Landfill into renewable energy, specifically electricity and heat.
• One of the uses of the energy would be to heat the nearby greenhouse operation of
Ontario Plants Propagation Ltd., one of the largest in Ontario.
West Elgin Water Treatment Plant
• The recently completed West Elgin Water Treatment Plant employs state of the art
technology as well as innovative use of a constructed wetland to treat backwash water.
• The new $14 million facility is the first plant on the north shore of Lake Erie to employ
the use of membrane filtration and an Ultra-Violet Advanced Oxidation Process to
disinfect the water supply.
• The plant is also the first water treatment plant in Ontario to use a constructed wetland
in the treatment process.
Overall, the County of Elgin provides the utmost fertile environment for the growth of
small, medium and larger firms within the E&E sector.
The county is actively seeking to become a major player in this sector.
Our existing pool of expertise and growing cluster of businesses will provide extreme
competitive advantages for establishing new businesses or for relocation opportunities.
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