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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Numerous Local Solar Projects Cancelled

Grey Bruce | by Matt Hermiz  

Over 60 planned Green Energy projects in Grey Bruce are among those cancelled by Ontario PCs.

More than 60 planned Green Energy projects in Grey Bruce are among those cancelled by Doug Ford's Progressive Conservative government.

According to a list published by the government of feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts selected to be cancelled, the majority in the area are non-rooftop solar projects, while two are waterpower at the Cargill Dam in Brockton and Dobson Dam Project in Chatsworth.

The government says the FIT contracts selected for wind-down are those which have not achieved notice to proceed.

In all, 26 of the contracts are in South Bruce Peninsula, 10 in West Grey, seven each in Georgian Bluffs and Northern Bruce Peninsula, three in Arran-Elderslie, two in Brockton and Southampton (Saugeen First Nation), and one in each of Owen Sound, Chatsworth, South Bruce and Grey Highlands.

Late last week, Energy Minister Greg Rickford announced the cancellation of 758 Green Energy contracts at an estimated $790-million in savings for Ontario ratepayers.

No indication's been given yet as to what it will cost the province to back out of the deals.

Rickford dodged questions yesterday at Queen's Park from opposition MPPs and then reporters, on what the cost may be.

The Energy Minister said last week the government intends to introduce a legislative amendment that will protect hydro consumers from any costs incurred from the cancellation.

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