MicroFIT operators left unplugged

Some necessary upgrades to inadequate power grid are four years away


There was a time Russell Elliott thought becoming involved in Ontario’s micro feed-in tariff program was a great opportunity to invest some savings. That was before the cash crop farmer, who lives between Strathroy and Parkhill, learned it could take years to obtain a connection to the power grid.  Read the entire article

5 thoughts on “MicroFIT operators left unplugged

  1. haha! the article accidentally (or not) calls him Brad “Dugout”…. not “Dogood”. things are going dooown for him.

  2. Excellent. That’s 4 years we don’t have to subsidize. Was so nice driving by Harrow this morning. Not a single turbine turning. More money left in my pocket.

  3. Best case estimates of an 8 year payback make solar seem like a great investment. Getting hooked up is only one detailed not included in the estimate. Solar panels degrade over time, decrease output and depreciate in value. Maintenance and installation costs are expenses. All money made will be taxed as income. Soon solar panels will cost more to maintain than income generated or cost more to remove than worth so getting money back equal to the money spent may be a bit more challenging in the real world. Is that an investment?

  4. There is an argument that because hook-up depends on grid capacity, and grid capacity is related to less than expected demand, the most likely FIT projects to proceed are those that are least necessary.
    My area has lots of supply and tne solar trackers are rapidly expanding all around. I find them useful for identifying terrible neighbours, and not much else

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