CanSIA satisfied microFIT to get back on track

OTTAWA, Aug. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association is pleased with Ontario's revised plans for the microFIT program.

"The Hon. Brad Duguid, Ontario's Minister of Energy and Infrastructure and the Ontario Power Authority are to be congratulated for their efforts to engage with our members and for listening to the diverse voices that make up the renewable energy industry in the province. Their decisions show that this consultation has been a meaningful process and that they listened to what leaders in our industry had to say," said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA President.

CanSIA had been asking the government to not retroactively impose a new price on microFIT applications that were already submitted; that the ground-mount rate be reconsidered; the application process be expedited; and, a clearly defined ongoing consultations process be established.

"CanSIA has a long history of providing accurate and productive input into the solar programming dialogue in Canada. We welcome the creation of a committee to offer timely information regarding the microFIT and FIT programs in the future and the inclusion of CanSIA's president as an experienced solar member is a clear commitment by the government to follow through and get this right," said David Eisenbud, CanSIA Chair. "The Government of Ontario has taken steps to lead the country with a green energy program and these latest efforts will continue to position Ontario on the renewable energy world stage."

The Canadian Solar Industries Association's mission is to develop a strong, efficient, ethical and professional Canadian solar industry, able to service an expanding domestic energy market, to provide innovative solar solutions to world energy problems, and to play a major role in promoting the transition to a solar energy future worldwide.

SOURCE CANADIAN SOLAR INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION

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