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Canada: Canada: A solar-power program as money-saver?

Published at: Nov 30, 2011
source: The Globe and Mail

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In the spring of 2010 Pure Energies Inc. financed, installed and since maintained an array of solar photovoltaic panels on the roofs of Mississauga residents. With a meter monitoring the energy produced, the so-produced solar energy went into the main power grid of the city of Mississauga. In return for this plus in energy production, the home owners would receive a share of the 80.2 cents per kilowatt-hour the Ministry of Energy, through the Ontario Power Authority, would pay Pure Energies; a rate  guaranteed for 20 years.


Since the Ontario's microFIT program came into existance two and a half years ago, it has received applications of more than 40,000 businesses and private homes. On September 30, 2011, more than 8,400 microFIT projects were connected to the grid and 3,000 othersready to be connected.


As with all new technologies, the introduction of solar energy has known some opposition with many tax payers being annoyed that the government of Ontario has granted significant subsidies for solar installations, funded by taxes they had to pay, and bureaucratic issues in connecting them to the power grid have stalled growth.


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