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Alfred Project Launch Event Attracts Curious Crowd

Photo of the project launch by Devon McKinnon Photography

On an uncharacteristically warm fall day, 85 people gathered in Alfred, Ontario to celebrate the launch of a unique, first-in-Canada solar power project. Dubbed the “Alfred Project” for its location in the heart of Alfred, the 500 kW ground mount solar PV system is built in partnership with the Keewaywin First Nation on land owned by the Township of Alfred …

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The role of nuclear energy in the price of electricity in Ontario

Stacks from a nuclear power plant are seen in the distance with solar panels in the forefront.

This article by Environment North president Graham Saunders was originally published in the Chronicle Journal on July 30, 2017. The cost of generating electricity has come under considerable scrutiny in recent years. A recent breakdown of an average residential Ontario electricity bill in 2016 is as follows. The total was $176 per month. About half of the bill is from …

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Field Notes From Tanzania – Pt. 4: Off-Grid Lodges Powered & Heated with Solar

Solar lodges in Tanzania

Roger Peters, an OREC Board Member, shares with us how solar technology is being used in Tanzania in a four part blog series. Northern Tanzania contains some of the most well-known tourist destinations in the world – Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Parks, and the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro.  All these sites are located surrounded by villages, fertile …

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Field Notes From Tanzania – Pt. 3: Increasing Crop Value with a Solar Dryer

Solar Dryers in Tanzania

Roger Peters, an OREC Board Member, shares with us how solar technology is being used in Tanzania in a four part blog series. Climate change is already hurting farm families in Tanzania.  The `short’ rains that normally fall in November and December just did not come in 2016 – preventing farmers from supplementing their income by growing fresh vegetables. The …

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Will nuclear power bankrupt Ontario Hydro/OPG once again?

Nuclear Power Station

The following post was written by Angela Bischoff, Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s Outreach Director. In 1998, seven of Ontario Hydro’s nuclear reactors had to be unexpectedly shut down for safety reasons. All of these reactors were shut down for more than five years. Two of them are still shut down. As a result of the nuclear shutdown: By 1999 Ontario …

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Field Notes From Tanzania – Part 1: Innovative Use of Solar Radios

FRI broadcasters in Tanzania

Roger Peters, an OREC Board Member, shares with us how solar technology is being used in Tanzania in a four part blog series. If you are poor farmer in rural Tanzania with cell phone service but no electric power or internet, how do you get ahead? First you form a radio listening group with other women in your community and …

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OREC Not Affected by the Suspension of the LRP Program

Last week, the Ontario Government decided to cancel the second round of the Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) program.  The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) and MicroFIT programs remain untouched by this decision.  OREC continues to find new projects to build under FIT 5 and will launch our fifth securities offering in November to finance at least three projects under FIT 4. Although …

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Ontario’s new budget locks in climate action

The following is a guest post from Environmental Defence and was written by Patrick DeRochie, Campaign Coordinator of the Clean Economy program.  Ontario has taken its most significant step yet in tackling climate change and building a low-carbon economy. Meeting emission reduction targets along with a cap-and-trade program to price carbon pollution will be the law in Ontario. On Wednesday, …

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