Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Solar Power in Ontario

Solar Array on Farm in Southwestern Ontario
May 12, 2010

The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 which was passed into law on May 14, 2009 to encourage the development of renewable energy in Ontario.  The Feed-in Tariff Program  (FIT) is North America's first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production.  Long term contracts through the Ontario Power Authority are available for energy generated from renewable sources such as biomass, biogas, landfill gas, wind power, solar photovoltaic and waterpower.  The microFit program is tailored to the homeowner, farmer or small business owner who develops a small or micro renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property.  Once a project is approved a contract is signed guaranteeing a set price for all the electricity your project produces for at least 20 years.  

Across Ontario many farms and businesses are harnessing the power of solar energy under the microFIT program.  Currently hydro rates in Ontario through HydroOne are 6.5¢ up to 600 kWh per month and 7.5¢ per kWh over 600 kWh for those who have not already been transferred over to the new Time of Use (TOU) rates.  In reality with services charges and taxes the total cost per kWh works out to be 15.5¢ per kWh up to 600 kWh to 17.9¢ per kWh over 600 kWh.  Under the microFIT progam electricity generated using solar photovoltaic is paid a guaranteed 80.2¢ per kWh for the duration of the 20 year contract.  In essence anyone participating in the program is realizing a net gain of 62.3¢ to 64.7¢ per each kWh generated over the 20 year contract making it a nice source of income.


  1. I love, love, love seeing solar arrays. It gives me hope for the future of our planet. Have a great weekend!

  2. Many high profile business leaders have signaled their support for clean energy including former Premiers Mike Harris and Erne Eves. (http://bit.ly/r0NUfZ)

    And now, the Pembina Institute, an independent organization, has released a study which says the wind, solar and biogas power producers under Ontario’s feed-in tariff program are being blamed unfairly for rising power prices.

    The alternatives are no cheaper. The FIT program would never add more than 1.5 per cent, or about $2 a month, to the typical consumer hydro bill, the study says.

    Read it here: http://bit.ly/r0NUfZ