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Since 2009 , SunTap customers have generated over 480 MWh
of energy, equivalent to enough electricity to power
more than 50 homes
for a year.

Over 60 tonnes of carbon dioxide
have been avoided by using renewable energy, making our air healthier and safer to breathe.

Over 1347 ML of fresh water have been conserved by using renewable energy, leaving it available for all beings to enjoy.



Our environment

Our environment has changed rapidly over the past couple of centuries. There are pollutants in our air, water, and ground that are more difficult to remove than it was to put them there. Preventing further pollution is our best course of action, and renewable technologies such as solar power and geothermal energy offer many benefits to the environment by offsetting the needs to burn fossil fuels and to use nuclear power.


Benefits of solar to the environment

Using solar displaces the emissions of air pollutants released when fossil fuels (coal, oil, natural gas, propane, and so forth) are burned to generate electricity. Gasses such as carbon dioxide (CO2), carbon monoxide (CO), sulphur dioxide (SO2), methane (CH4), nitrous oxide (N2O), and nitrogen oxides (NOx) are released when fossil fuels are burned, and so is particulate matter (soot).

Nuclear plants release small amounts of air pollutants compared to fossil fuels, but mining for uranium is energy-intensive, and the long-term storage of toxic, radioactive waste poses a huge threat of polluting ground and water. There is also the serious danger of a nuclear meltdown. The David Suzuki Foundation has an excellent article on why we should abandon nuclear energy: A few good reasons why we should abandon nuclear energy for good.

According to a 2012 report from the Ontario Energy Board, 45% of the increase in Ontario’s electricity generation costs since 2006 are the result of subsidies for the nuclear industry, while only 6% of the increase is due to green power.

The process of generating electricity using fossil and nuclear fuels also consume huge amounts of fresh water that would otherwise fill lakes, streams, and sustain animal and plant life. Solar energy consumes no water during operation.

Professor Sundar Narayan, P. Eng, PhD from Lambton College's Alternative Energy Engineering Technology program presented the following facts, that at our current rate of consumption, we will:

- run out of petroleum by 2039; and
- run out of natural gas by 2069.

Cleaner air and cleaner water means a healthier environment, and therefore a healthier population. Shutting down coal-fired power plants and instituting more renewable energy systems will help us achieve this goal.

Natural gas and hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking")

A recent development in the mining for natural gas is using a process called hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" as it is often called. This process pumps water and chemicals underground to release the natural gas stored there, allowing it to be captured and used as fuel. Not only does this pollute ground water, it has also been proven to cause earthquakes, particularly in places that rarely experience seismic activity. The US government confirmed the link between fracking and earthquakes, in this article from November 2011: US Government Confirms Link Between Earthquakes and Hydraulic Fracturing.

Recycling and responsible disposal of waste

London has four waste depots to accept household waste, including recyclables, yard materials, tires, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, building materials, and scrap metal. Ensuring that none of these types of waste go the landfill is the responsibility of every London resident.

W12A Landfill Oxford St. Community EnviroDepot Clarke Rd. Community EnviroDepot Try Recycling
3502 Manning Drive 1450 Oxford St West,
west of Sanatorium Road
28 Clarke Road, 500 m north of Hamilton Road Clarke Road north of Sunningdale Road


London does not yet have a green-bin program, so installing a composter in your backyard is a great way to avoid sending biodegradable materials to the landfill. Not only are you lessening the amount of waste in the landfill, you are also reducing methane buildup in the dump itself.

You may also want to get involved with a local community garden.


Single-use plastic is one of the worst polluters, and we see it every day, everywhere. Many of it is not actually recyclable and ends up in landfills, or worse: check out this YouTube video about the "garbage patch" in the Pacific Ocean:

Dianna Cohen: Tough truths about plastic pollution

Bottled water is a huge contributing factor to plastic polution. Here is another YouTube video, an interview with "The Water Brothers" about water in our world:

The Water Brothers on The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Just because that reusable bottle says it is "free from BPA", doesn't mean it's safe for drinking! Read this article from My Plastic-Free Life:

BPA-Free Does Not Mean Safe. Most Plastics Leach Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

No-Plastic Project Petition

The No-Plastic Project has developed a petition asking Ontario fruit producers and Loblaw Companies to stop selling fruit in the single-use plastic containers in which they were sold in many places this past growing season. This is the first year they've used these packages, apparently in response to a request from Loblaws, and there is a meeting to review the packaging "performance and consumer concerns".

Please take a moment to sign the petition with your name and location via the link below. Please also forward it to others in Ontario, so we can get the widest response possible and send a strong message to the fruit producers and Loblaws.

Click this link to sign:

Local environmental groups

SunTap Technologies supports the groups listed below because of their desire to better London's environment.

  • ecoLIVING London supports Londoners in making daily lifestyle choices that have a positive impact on their personal health, the health of their family, and the health of the planet. SunTap believes in being "green" in all aspects of one's life, and ecoLIVING London is a proponent of this philosophy - hence why we have been a member since 2012.

  • Thames Region Ecological Association (TREA) has a number of initiatives to motivate the community towards the development of an ecological, responsible, and sustainable future. They are involved with a number of progressive initiatives in the city and SunTap endorses TREA's ongoing efforts.

  • PostCarbon London’s mission is to bring issues surrounding peak oil and global warming to the forefront of London and area residents. SunTap believes that using renewable energies is the first and most important step toward this goal and is happy to back PostCarbon.

  • Transition London is a grassroots community organization with the objective to find positive, community-based solutions to the present and future challenges facing London. SunTap supports Transition London to create a more sustainable city.

  • ReForest London is a non-profit organization that engages individuals, groups, and businesses in planting and caring for trees in neighbourhoods and natural areas throughout London. Since trees are important to keeping our air, ground, and water clean, SunTap encourages Londoners to get involved to live up to the name of The Forest City.
  • Friends of the Coves Subwatershed strives to protect the natural heritage of the Coves, a collection of three ponds fed by the Thames River right in the geographic centre of the city. Keeping this environmentally sensitive area protected for future generations is an undertaking that SunTap strongly supports.

Other links

  • Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE) is a membership organization for health professionals. It works to protect the environment in order to protect human health.

  • Check out Emitter, a Web site that tracks pollution in your neighbourhood.

  • Ontario's Green Future is a Web site that outlines the real cost of nuclear power in the province. Visit the site to learn more about nuclear power in Ontario and what alternatives are available to provide us with clean, safe energy.

  • Come is a Web site dedicated to ensuring that elected officials know that environmental concerns are important to the people of Ontario.


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