Solar Power Surging to Forefront of Canadian Energy

August 18, 2014 at 9:20 am Leave a comment

photo by Dave Chan

Here, a few kilometres from the tiny town of Newboro, Ont., in the Rideau Lakes region between Ottawa and Kingston, one of Canada’s newest solar farms is close to completion, with the final rows of photovoltaic panels now being installed.

The Newboro project is part of a solar building boom under way across Ontario this summer, with construction crews active on about two dozen large solar projects. They will add to the more than 70 large solar farms already up and running all over the province – from Dryden in Northern Ontario, to Chatham in the Southwest, to Cornwall near the Quebec border.

There are some legitimate concerns from residents who live near planned solar farms because of the hum from inverters, the glare from panels, and worries over water, wildlife and the loss of farmland. But these have usually been remedied by setting the panels back from roads and property lines, and making sure panels are clear of waterways. And Ontario no longer allows solar farms to be installed on its most productive farm land.

More on this Globe and Mail story by Richard Blackwell HERE>>


Entry filed under: Carbon_Emissions, Energy, Renewables.

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