The government of Ontario’s announcement to suspend the second round of its Large Renewable Procurement, basically “pulling-the-plug” on nearly $4 billion of renewable energy projects hasn’t thrown a wrench in the city of Hamilton’s solar energy plans.
The independent television station CHCH-TV located in Hamilton, Ontario reports that the city wants to use the undesirable land on its Glanbrook landfill site to produce green energy.
The city plans to install the solar panels around the outskirts of the landfill.
The report added that the city will use $1.2 million to build and operate a ground mounted solar photovoltaic system through Ontario’s feed-in tariff program.
The plan is to feed the power generated into the grid and Ontario would pay the city for it.
Sources report that the project would bring in around CAD$680,000.00 over the course of 20 years.
The city says the system will produce enough energy to power between 500 and 600 homes every year. But not everyone is on board with this idea.
“The risk is the legislation gets changed. We saw the Samsung deal get cut in half and so you always take that risk when another level of government decides they want to go in a different direction.” Lloyd Ferguson, city councilor.
Ontario suspended its large renewable energy procurement last month, axing plans to sign $3.8 billion in renewable energy contracts. The city of Hamilton maintains this project falls under a different program.
The ministry of energy says the recent cuts in no way affect the feed-in tariff program and the funding for the program are stable and ongoing.
H/T: Solar energy at Hamilton landfill report by CHCH Evening News