Microfit Program called a Ponzi Scheme

By John Phair, Today’s Farmer
The president of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) says a number of farmers who have invested or borrowed money to install solar panels on their farms have been treated unfairly in the province’s relentless push toward green energy.

Henry Stevens says he’s heard from many farmers who, after either installing solar equipment on their farms or having ordered it, are now being told they’ll not be allowed access to Ontario’s electrical grid, leaving them out of pocket for their purchases.

In a press release, Stevens said the issue is the nature of conditional offers for MicroFit solar contract offered by the Ontario Power Authority.

He said many conditional offers had been issued to interested parties, who then had to meet certain technical requirements for a May 31 installation deadline to hook up to the grid. If not, they would lose their conditional offer.

“Taking the conditional offer as a sign of good faith on the part of the OPA and the Ontario government, many of these farmers took advantage of good weather and began installing their systems last fall,” said Stevens.

“However, many of them were informed quite recently by Hydro One that their solar projects could not be connected to the grid due to load constraints.”

He said to make matters worse, no time frame has been provided for connections.
“The situation is extremely unfair to those involved,” said Stevens, adding that many within the farming community have been left with considerable capital expenses but have little hope of seeing a return on their investment in foreseeable future.

“The province has failed to act in good faith and this needs to be remedied.”

He noted that CFFO staff would be discussing the situation with Ontario Agriculture Minister Carol Mitchell and other government agencies to have the situation discussed quickly.

Sarnia-Lambton MPP Bob Bailey said his office has been inundated with calls over the issue, not only from his own riding but from farmers in Middlesex County and Chatham-Kent.

Bailey said many participating in the MicroFit program have invested tens of thousands of dollars believing in good faith that the government would honour its promise.

“I think the McGuinty government has led these people down the garden path and many have invested their life-savings into this ponzi-like scheme,” said Bailey.

He said the McGuinty government should have subjected all of the energy upgrades to a rigorous feasibility study as well as an effective consultation process to have avoid the problem.

13 thoughts on “Microfit Program called a Ponzi Scheme

  1. Having to disclose health issues I lost at least $100,000 on the sale of my property surrounded by turbines, along with the extras: insurance, upkeep, interest on mortgage payments on a house that didn’t sell for 4 years. I should have been mortgage free now, but I’m still paying principle & interest, and will be for the rest of my life, a life which may not be as long as it would have been without turbines in my backyard, a life that is now affected by infrasound wherever I go. These farmers, at least they had a choice. If the government is going to be reimbursing anyone – victims should first in line!

  2. Bang on KATT. And nothing less. What these industries have done to people like yourself is ….”dispicable” doesn’t even come close to describing it…

    At least the solar panel is just an expensive, useless, lawn ornament. At least these people still have thier health and home.

  3. We’re behind you KATT.
    “the McGuinty government should have subjected all of the energy upgrades to a rigorous feasibility study as well as an effective consultation process to have avoid the problem. ”
    Also rigorous health studies, consulting Hydro One not simply writing out mandates, consulting the citizens of Ontario if this is what they want for a hydro system.
    Those who have been duped by McGuinty, don’t form a line, form a protest.

  4. KATT, All the best to you – we have little sympathy for these folks crying over their solar panels, at least they still have their health.

  5. Not to mention they still have saleable items in the solar panels which is more than Katt was left with…

  6. “The president of the Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario (CFFO) says a number of farmers who have invested or borrowed money to install solar panels on their farms have been treated unfairly in the province’s relentless push toward green energy.”………………Doh!.as Homer Simpson would say………………now this group “cries the blues” for Farmers who are being monetarily cheated out of $$$ by this Green Scam?……………..rather strange that the “Christian” Farmers group would be so indignant against McGuinty and Gang when money is up for grabs yet nothing mentioned about people’s “lives, health and well-being” when they first “supported the Green Industry” ????………….does the word “HYPOCRIT” continually keep coming to the surface?

  7. Come on Quixote, turn the other cheek. I tried….got it straight up the middle;) I blame smitherman!!!:D

  8. Quixote has got a point. Nobody gives a crap until ” Green” effects them personally.

  9. McGuinty using tax dollars again to fund the rich. This mans agenda is untouchable. Is it time to shoot out the solar panels and tag the electric cars? None of us agreed to such a waste of tax payer dollars!

  10. I guess a lot of people here wonder how “they” get away with — easy peasy…and The Globe and Mail published an article underling their secret “underhanded” technique…


    How good are Canadians at figuring out a restaurant tip? Or balancing their bank account? Can most comprehend the interest on a mortgage or sort through a spreadsheet?

    A new map created by the Canadian Council on Learning reveals huge disparities in numeracy levels between thousands of communities and neighbourhoods, some right next door to each other. Interpretations of its landscape point to huge challenges Canada faces, particularly in the East, to ensure people can thrive personally and handle the jobs that will keep the country competitive.

    Numeracy – the ability to use and understand numbers in everyday life – is critical to Canada’s future productivity. It affects people’s income, holds many new immigrants back from thriving in the workforce and can be elusive to people who live in more remote areas. Evidence also links low general literacy levels to shorter life expectancies, greater health problems and social ills, such as crime and homelessness.


    This is not an off-topic rant. Rather I am pointing out that there is a simple and logical explanation for people accepting “fantasies” as reality.

    If you can’t do the math — one way or the other, then you simply can’t comprehend what is being done — for good or for ill.

    So how do you do it? First you must destroy the education system and substitute soft socialized “feel good” course for hard literary and numerical skills… The you teach that “consensus” is how you build expertise and skill… the rest is easy.

    Of course, all the usual cautions on surveys apply. I have not looked at their methodology, nor do I know if they are pushing an “agenda”.

    That’s right, I don;t even fully trust people who are confirming the story I want told…

  11. Of course my suspicions are confirmed…

    If you follow the story you end up here… (Use Google on the G&M article to confirm)

    Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (pilot survey)


    So all I can say is Micro-FIT investor beware. The real problem may be the government selling the idea…

    It’s an interesting survey. If I answered the questions honestly I would register as a “problem adult” in reading and numeracy. If I thought about each question and tried to determine what answer they were “seeking” to show a “positive” result I should show up quite well. Of course I cannot hide from the fact that my mother and father had only grade eight, and had almost no books in the house. Two questions that no doubt carry a weight…

    Beware of government officials bearing (conducting) surveys…

    Be frightened of those who analyze them to make a point.

    I’m agonna getta job selling Micro-FIT installations. It should be easy.

  12. Like Smitherman, now Duguid knows “better” on how to run Hydro One’s engineering jobs!

    This guy couldn’t run a one flush toilet let alone a direct what Hydro One and Power Workers should do to our grid!

    Let the clown show begin!

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