Extending information,resources and links on renewable energy and energy conservation for Canadian farmers, agri-business and those who support them in order to enhance their ability to make sound and successful business decisions.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

High Performance New Construction Program - Apps Close Oct 31

Many producers in Ontario have taken advantage of the High Performance New Construction program...it is worth taking a look if you are building this summer.
Dollars are available to those that are building with energy efficiency and conservation in mind.
Applications are being accepted until October 31, 2010. Find out more through your local Enbridge or Union Gas representative.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I first started writing about renewable energy about four years ago and have heard from numerous experts that conservation first before engaging in renewable energy is an essential policy. To me it is a common sense approach.

Yet 99% of reports on activities related to energy are focused on renewables and it seems government policy points this way as well. Recently applications for support under EcoEnergy, a federal conservation initiative, were unaccepted.

In Ontario the province has purchased thousands of megawatts of renewable power yet there seems to be a gap in programs for conservation.

What do you think, conservation first or fast track to a green energy production emphasis?

Monday, April 12, 2010

Solar Farms - A New Dilemma

There is much discussion in Ontario on solar energy production due to the incentives for energy purchase under the FIT program. If I were a large land owner, perhaps I would consider the business opportunity - or should I? According to some, when it comes to alternative land use we should put photovoltaic (PV) solar collectors on the acres and acres of roof top that exists in urban areas in Ontario first, which makes sense to me conceptually.

On the otherhand, farmers are natually focused on capturing the sun's energy with several that have resources to manage solar energy production as well as crop production enterprises.

Then there is the issue of "visual heritage" or visual assets (as discussed in a previous blog). I literally can't see a view of acres of solar collectors being visually appealing...

It is a complex proposition with many facets - as a start here are some solar energy related resources: Natural Resources Canada: Solar Maps for Canada - www.nrcan-rncan.gc.ca and Clean Air Foundation's Go Solar Website www.gosolarontario.ca and Canadian Solar Industries Association www.cansia.ca and Ontario Power Authority: Feed-In tariff Program www.powerauthority.on.ca/FIT .

On a personal note, I took a short hiatus as I lost a dear friend early last week. It sure took the wind out of my turbine. Today, I am grateful for the sun's energy and power to renew me emotionally. Take care.