Thinking Big in Ontario


SunEdison panels on Whole Foods

People don't think big up here any more. It is so hard to do anything- the only thing that the Federal and Provincial governments agree on is that they both hate the Cities. The days of effective visionaries like Adam Beck are long gone. Or are they?

Tyler Hamilton notes that "SunEdison LLC of Baltimore and SkyPower Corp. of Toronto are teaming up for a joint venture that plans to develop, build, own and operate up to 50 megawatts of solar PV farms across Ontario, obviously to take advantage of the province's standard offer program that pays 42 cents per kilowatt-hour for solar. I knew it was only a matter of time before some clever finance people crunched the numbers and figured they could make a business out of solar in Ontario" As the largest plant currently up and running here is 100 kilowatts, that's a big jump in capacity. ::Clean Break Others are also thinking big...

Toby Heaps, In Corporate Knights magazine, proposes a Green Power Corridor running across Ontario, but picking up vast amounts of wind and hydro power along the way. "While there would be a substantial environmental footprint made by an east-west power line—and the accompanying hydro and other developments—environmentalists see the Green Power Corridor as an opportunity. Kyoto and Beyond, a report by the Climate Action Network, included the east-west grid between Manitoba and Ontario as part of the plan to shut down nuclear reactors and coal-fired power plants. The key to sustaining the environmental community’s enthusiasm will be to ensure that any potential route takes careful consideration of high-value conservation areas of the Boreal forest. Provided this ‘conservation-first’ principle is followed, the Green Power Corridor would be the largest development ever supported by environmental groups from the Sierra Club to the David Suzuki Foundation."

Maybe there is hope for us yet. ::Corporate Knights

See also: ::Ontario Gets 407 Megawatts of Solar Power Contracts, Originally Expected 88 Megawatts

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