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Observer Poll #10: Should the city of Dryden abandon its solar park project?

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.

The city of Dryden was among the first municipalities in Ontario to investigate the potential for selling renewable energy to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) as a municipal revenue stream. At first lobbying to overcome initial restrictions on power production in our area, then spending several hundred thousand dollars to study project feasibility, select a site, consult the public and partner with a private firm to apply for a feed-in-tariff contract — Dryden finds its application for a FiT contract stalled by the OPA.
Dryden’s application is currently ranked 12th in the region and 114th overall in the province.  Seemingly in limbo, the city is hoping that political pressure through the Association of Municipalities of Ontario will expose bias in the structure of the OPA feed-in-tariff rules.

For a look back at the history of the project click here (June 2009), or here (Nov. 2009), or see the most recent story written on the subject.

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3 thoughts on “Observer Poll #10: Should the city of Dryden abandon its solar park project?

  1. Mankind has unbalanced nature with all the pollutants we have put into the air, ground and water. Mankind should try to restore the balance. We have 12 solar panels on our roof, and we need 18+ more to be at carbon neutral.
    Where we live on the south east coast of Australia, I have never seen so much rain in all my life time as I have in the last 8 months. We have had devastating floods, and cyclones all over Australia in the last 6-8 months. They have broken all weather event records of the last 200 years of recorded history. Think about it, has there ever been so many tornados hit the US, as there has in the last week? Has Canada ever had so much snow from coast to coast? Climate change is happening and only fools put their heads in the snow/sand and say otherwise.
    It will be far cheaper to install and use alternative energy systems which do not burn anything or create any hazards (3 mile Island, Chernobyl & now Fukishima) to the world at large, than to clean up the devastation (which will only continue to get worse unless we wise up) and rebuild.
    Have a nice day.

  2. Solar power is okay, I think .
    I was partner in a cabin34 miles North of town. We had two solar panels and had fully charged batteries for three years, THEN the batteries had to be replaced !
    I was in Texas last winter….there they have miles of solar panels hooked up to the grid!
    We never looked into it, but it was a site to see,

  3. Everyone of these useless projects cost the users of electricity.
    Peg the price of power delivered to the grid at 15 cents per KWH and don’t subsize the construction. Build coal burning plants, there’s where the real power is. Solar and wind generators both need a backup coal plant for when the sun doesn’t shine and the wind isn’t blowing.
    Someone is going to get stuck with this useless junk in him yard and will have to pay to demolish it.
    Get rid of McGuinty, the Liberals, and all the nutsos that don’t seem to get it through their heads that CO2 is what makes this planet green and it’s in a deficit. We need 2000 ppm, still just a mere one fifth of one percent. And CO2 is not causing this global cooling.

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