Today, I want to speak about our government's vision for green energy and a green economy in Ontario and how we are working to make that plan a reality.

We will be a North American leader in clean, green, renewable energy.

And we are demonstrating that we are prepared to do whatever it takes to get there.

We are exploiting the opportunities that we created with our Green Energy Act.

At the centre of our Green Energy Act is our Feed-In Tariff program.

The FIT provides guaranteed rates for renewable energy.

It gives investors what they are looking for: stability, certainty and our commitment that we are in this for the long term.

The response from the green energy community has been very, very positive.

We announced the program less than a year ago, and we've already received over a thousand applications for projects with a potential to generate over 8,000 megawatts of renewable energy.

We've also received even more applications for green energy projects of 10 kilowatts or less.

We have people banging on our doors to put up a wind turbine in their backyard or a solar cell on their roof, so they can sell the excess electricity back to the grid.

I am sure you've heard about our agreement with Samsung.

A $7 billion investment, biggest of its kind in the world, creating over 16,000 new jobs.

We're serious about getting into the green power generation business in a big way -- but we want more than that.

We want in on the green energy manufacturing business too.

So, we're looking past our own borders to where the demand of green energy is also going to be.

And I want to be ready to help satisfy that demand.

I believe, Ontario families have the right to be hopeful for their future.

That's what this is all about.

And as Premier, there is nothing more important to me.

When you help build up Ontario, you're giving our families hope.

And I thank you for that.

Thank you very much.

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