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Elliot Lake, Samsung Renewable Energy sign renewable energy agreement

The two parties will develop green energy capture and storage for city facilities

The City of Elliot Lake and Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. have signed an agreement to develop green energy capture and storage for city facilities, including the city’s proposed $41-million multi-purpose recreation centre.

On April 11, Samsung Renewable Energy president Eskay Lee was in Elliot Lake to meet with city officials and sign a three-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) to “lay the foundation for a long-term partnership,” the city said in a news release.

According to the release, the MOU outlines the steps both parties will take to “jointly analyze and develop projects to generate solar energy, reduce emissions, conduct feasibility studies and pursue senior-level government funding for projects over three distinct phases.

“This a huge step forward for the development of the City of Elliot Lake,” Mayor Dan Marchisella said in the release.

“We can now rely on Samsung’s considerable technological expertise to help make our new multi-purpose recreation centre more than simply a new building but one that can position Elliot Lake as a leader in smart green infrastructure.”

CAO Daniel Gagnon echoed the mayor’s sentiment by adding, “Combined with the recent approval from the province for their share of funding for the new recreation and wellness hub, we can drive this project forward in an innovative and environmentally responsible manner that fits in nicely with larger themes by both levels of senior government.”

The two parties will now establish a working group, develop a scope of work, and undertake feasibility studies.