By W. Brice McVicar, The Intelligencer
A provincial program that is expected to generate millions of dollars in revenue for the city of Belleville would be one of the first things cut should Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak become premier. Hudak, who visited Belleville for a town hall meeting, referred to the province’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) program as a “scam” and told a crowd of about 120 people that he would eliminate it were he to become the head of the provincial government.
“I will bring this feed-in-tariff program to an end,” Hudak said, during Thursday’s session at the Belleville Public Library and Art Galleries. “The Belleville solar facility and others that are already operating would not be terminated under a PC government, but the more than 50,000 projects that are in the queue would be scrapped,” said Prince Edward-Hastings MPP Todd Smith.
Through the FIT program, residents, businesses and municipalities can generate energy through various means — including solar projects — and then pump that energy back into the hydro grid and be reimbursed for having generated the power. It’s a program, Hudak said, the Liberal government copied from European countries after they began using it in the 1990s. Read article