Hydro One swamped with solar proposals

by John Spears Toronto Star
Steve Taylor and his father Wray have close to $250,000 worth of solar power panels sitting in a field near Strathroy that can’t be connected to the electric grid. Now Hydro One, pleading that it is swamped with solar proposals, says it needs even more time to get the projects processed and connected.

The delay is affecting 5,200 mostly rural residents who have applied under Ontario’s MicroFIT program to build small-scale renewable power projects. Hydro One has asked the Ontario Energy Board to give it up to six months to process the solar projects.  Read article

9 thoughts on “Hydro One swamped with solar proposals

  1. Live by the sword, …

    I have limited sympathy for the Taylors, due to Hydro One’s actions. Renewables don’t deliver on the false promise of net, sustained job additions and their costs are far from justifiable. MicroFIT projects, the worst offenders, have some parallels with Mao Zedong’s backyard steel mills of the late 1950s and are like using shovels to dig the hole for a swimming pool. All renewables will drive the subsidization of electricity exports. Guess who pays for that ? Most of the cost pain is yet to come, hold onto your wallets.

  2. One could also say,
    Look a gifthorse in the mouth…
    If it sounds too good to be true …
    There’s one born every minute…
    Blind belief in Government promises often has this type of result as we in Ontario have learned once again to our detriment. When has government proven itself capable of running efficient and profitable business.

  3. Does anyone else find this situation very peculiar? The Ont Liberals started out with a huge push for solar. They obviously set the system up to have huge numbers of these things put in. Then a few months ago they suddenly stop. And it sure looks like they don’t want anymore hooked up ever.

    I have heard the official comments blah blah blah. They were going full speed ahead and now a sudden stop so what is the real reason? It wouldn’t seem to be money related. They were happy to pay out 10-20 times regular hydro rates. They knew what that rate was from the beginning so that isn’t the issue. Ontario’s prov. debt is approaching the amount of the federal debt so I am fairly sure they don’t care about taxpayers’ money.

    I am trying to figure out what the real reason is and more importantly can that same reason be used against wind?

  4. I don’t think there’s anything particularly peculiar about this situation. It’s reality catching up with a politics-enveloped pipe dream. Big solar and wind will roll on. Tim’s dangerous though perhaps the best hope for change, though there’s so much inertia in the form of implied commitments that the lawsuits will fly. If Tim wins the election, the threat of them could cause pause for thought.

  5. I think they may have run into technical problems and there is nothing they can do about it.


    “A lot of people are going to have things break and they’re not going to know why,” said Demetrios Matsakis, head of the time service department at the U.S. Naval Observatory, one of two official timekeeping agencies in the federal government.”

    “more use of renewable energy from the sun and wind will mean more variations in frequency on the grid, McClelland said. Solar and wind power can drop off the grid with momentary changes in weather. Correcting those deviations is expensive and requires instant backup power to be always at the ready, he said.

  6. By a continuing process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. There is no subtler, no surer means of overturning the existing basis of society than to debauch the currency. The process engages all the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner which not one man in a million is able to diagnose.

    — John Maynard Keynes

    Why not have people piddle their money away on useless frivolities….???? It’s good for the economy — right?

    • Huge debt already incurred by governments is easlly paid off by inflated currency making it possible for governments to continue heavy borrowing without regard to future consequences of this flawed economic policy.

    • I’m not certain you didn’t provide the reference in the past David, but I view the job creation arguments for the GEA as a variant of the parable of the broken window, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_broken_window – an argument of the same school of thought that says war is good for business – as are natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Anything that destroys wealth is somehow good for business.

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