Haldimand council, farmers are at odds on green energy

By MONTE SONNENBERG, QMI AGENCY, www.woodstocksentinelreview.com 

Haldimand County and its farmers are at odds about the future of green energy in the municipality.  Haldimand council last week rejected a motion from the county’s agricultural advisory committee calling for a moratorium on solar energy projects on viable farmland. 

The advisory committee is not convinced that land used for solar energy can be easily reverted to agriculture. As well, the committee says there are better places for solar panels such as the rooftops of homes, businesses and institutions in urban areas where the energy they generate will be used. Continue reading

Samsung wind farm blows farmers off land

Testing in South Cayuga affects 486 leased hectares

by Daniel Nolan  Hamilton Spectator

SOUTH CAYUGA – A group of farm families are today vacating land on which they’ve toiled for decades to make way for a South Korean company’s plan to build wind and solar energy projects.

Nineteen farmers were advised a month ago they would need to make way for testing procedures by a consortium led by Samsung, which was given a controversial $7-billion deal by the Liberal government in January to create power facilities by 2015.

While some farmers were told to vacate the land for solar testing, others are — for now — only required to provide access to their properties for wind testing. But even those farmers will have to vacate after the growing season if the land proves acceptable.

About 486 hectares are involved and almost half of that was until today leased by Ed and Alice Kelly of South Cayuga Sideroad. They’ve grown corn and soybeans on the land for three decades and had already planted some of their crop for the year.

“We’re the ones that are affected the most,” said Alice Kelly, 52. “This was a big surprise.” Continue reading

When the incentives run out

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By Chris Vander Doelen, The Windsor Star

Not everyone is as delighted as Mayor Eddie Francis by the string of solar and wind energy projects being touted as the economic salvation of the Windsor region.

Some skeptics think the renewable energy boom gathering steam in Ontario is nothing more than a flash in the pan, ignited by government incentives.

Once the government money runs out — and it will, because subsidies are always unsustainable — watch the province’s fledgling “green” industry go poof, the critics say. Continue reading

Potential is one thing but reality is another

Green Energy - Spin vs. Reality

The Whig-Standard published a story on Queen’s University professor Joshua Pearce’s work on the potential for electrical energy from solar power in Eastern Ontario ( “Surprise potential for solar power,” April 15). Potential is one thing but reality is another.

Ontario is signing 20-year contracts under the Feed-In-Tariff program of 44.3 cents/kWh for large-scale (10 kW) projects and 80.2 cents/kWh for residential roof-top solar panels.

Given that a coal plant generates about 1.5 tonnes of carbon dioxide for every MWh generated, this sets the carbon price for coal-generated electricity replaced by solar-generated electricity as $300/tonne for large-scale projects and over $500/tonne for residential systems. This is madness. Continue reading

The idiocy of outrageous renewable subsidies

This company thought they had it “made in the shade”.

Preliminary evidence shows some solar stations may have run diesel-burning generators and sold the output as solar power, which earns several times more than electricity from fossil fuels, El Mundo said, citing unidentified people from the energy industry.

By Todd White Business Week

April 12 (Bloomberg) — A Spanish trade group called on authorities to investigate possible fraud among solar-power generators after a news report said that some were getting paid for producing power at night. Continue reading