By ANTONELLA ARTUSO, Queen’s Park Bureau Chief
Solar-powered anger has fueled a change in the price being offered to ground-mounted operators.
The owners of eligible projects who applied before July 2, 2010, will get the original price offer of 80.2¢ per kilowatt-hour.
The Ontario Power Authority has also announced that it will pay 64.2¢ per kilowatt-hour for ground-mounted solar microFIT contacts signed after July 2.
This is still higher than the 58.8¢ per kilowatt-hour proposed in early July which set off a political firestorm in many communities where people invested in the technology hoping to get a high rate of return.
There have been almost 19,000 microFIT applications in less than a year, and about 800 are already feeding power into the grid.