Thursday, September 24, 2009

New Setback Rules - Not Good

Toronto — New industrial wind turbines in Ontario will have to be at least 550 metres away from the nearest homes under new regulations announced today.
The restrictions apply to projects with only five wind turbines or less, and the residential setbacks will increase with the number and sound level of additional turbines.
The regulations for the province's Green Energy Act will also prohibit large-scale solar panel projects from prime agricultural lands.
Premier Dalton McGuinty announced the feed-in-tariff -- the amount paid to producers of renewable energy -- will range from 10.3 cents per kilowatt hour to 80.2 cents.
The feed-in-tariff is designed to encourage large and small scale energy production, with the highest rate reserved for residential solar rooftop projects of 10 kilowatts or less.
There will also be what the government calls a "price adder" to encourage aboriginal communities to develop alternative energy supplies and sell any excess power back to the grid.

(Note: This is very discouraging news. In Europe they are calling for new setbacks of 1.5 to 2 km away from homes, because of the health concerns).