Solar farms on good farmland questioned

by Blake Wolfe, The Scugog Standard
This week, township staff weighed in on the matter of solar farms in rural areas of Scugog, with one department head describing the use of prime agricultural property for such a use as “wrong-headed.” There are two solar farm proposals on the table in Scugog. A staff report on the matter of the province’s Green Energy Act – and the related feed-in tariff programs (FIT and Microfit) for those with solar panels or wind turbines producing power back into the grid – concluded that while alternative energy generation is a positive goal, a number of unintended consequences for municipalities have arisen from the legislation, which effectively excludes the township from having a say in the placement and construction of such projects. Read article

7 thoughts on “Solar farms on good farmland questioned

    • SkyPower is pushing ahead on a project ( Discovery Light) on Class 1 farmland in Brock Township after turning down two that I know of on marginal land. Unbelievable.

      • Proof that this “Green” stuff is bull****. “Eat less meat, preserve farm land…blah blah.” Those of us who know how farms work, also know that government comes first in determining how land is developed. They changed the rule book because they deemed “Green” energy to be more important than crops.
        Where the hell are the real environmentalists? They don’t deal in reality, so they won’t touch this.

  1. SkyPower information from Reuters, Dec.8,2008
    This is an old article about SkyPower & SunEdison. Google or Bing this title: “SkyPower and SunEdison Secure Financing for First Light Solar Project”
    Kerry Adler,Pres. & CEO of SkyPower
    The founder of SunEdison was also on the Board of Directors of Greenpeace,USA.

  2. The use of class 1 farm land for this project in Brock Township, Regional Road 15, Durham Region is inexcusable when there is marginal land available. While it benefits the land owner with monthly cheques and the company benefits through FIT it does nothing for the rest of us who will have to pay through higher hydro bills.

    • Southern Ontario furnishes much of the food for all and this land should not be used for renewable energy projects. Result will be that more food will have to be imported for consumers at higher prices.

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