Ontario's new Green Energy Act and the accompanying Feed In tariff
programs are unfairly penalizing our Ontario Farmers.
A significant number of FIT/MICROFIT applications to produce clean reliable energy come from Ontario Farmers. They have invested heavily only to find out that there are Major obstacles in getting connected to the power grid. All this while speculators, developers and big business (e.g. Samsung) tie up grid capacity with projects that may never happen.
The farmers are "shovel ready" and are stymied. We need to get these projects Fast Tracked.
The farm community is one of the pillars of our economy providing us with local grown food. What group is better qualified to Harvest the Sun? The fact a family farm business will benefit financially from generating clean energy is a Good Thing! That money will go back into the local community creating jobs and new opportunities.
As a supplier of solar photovoltaic equipment to the Farm community,
successfully completing both FIT and Micro FIT projects I understand the challenges they face. We need the Ontario Power Authority, Hydro One, local distribution companies and the Ontario Government to remove these obstacles. We all remember the blackout of 2004. A strong Electric Power Grid supported by small renewable sources is a good investment in our future.
Our farmers need to be allowed to succeed. We All will benefit.
Canadian Solar Installations
Dundas, Ontario p 905.921.9936