The Green Energy Act Alliance, a coalition of Ontario groups committed to furthering green power, applauded the recent government announcement that contract offers had been made for 2,500 megawatts of new renewable energy projects.
The news was the latest in a series of announcements related to the feed-in-tariff program (FIT), which guarantees a stable price for renewable energy. The 184 projects announced will generate enough energy to power 600,000 homes, the Ontario Power Authority reported.
Seventy-six of the approved projects are ground-mounted solar photovoltaic, 47 are on-shore wind and 46 are hydropower projects, the OPA reported. There are also seven biogas, two biomass, four landfill gas, one roof top solar and one off-shore wind projects.
“With this announcement, Ontario has flicked the switch on a new era of green energy prosperity,” said Dr. Rick Smith, executive director, Environmental Defence, a member of the Green Energy Act Alliance. “This occasion is potentially as significant for Ontario’s economic prosperity as the signing of the Auto Pact in 1965. The provincial government has served notice today that the new center of global green investing is right here in Ontario. Ontario is the first jurisdiction in North America to adopt a feed-in-tariff, and it’s working even better than we had hoped.”
The renewable energy projects announced are in addition to the 510 renewable energy contract offers totaling 112 megawatts approved recently.
The FIT program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009. The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for implementing the program.