OTTAWA, Aug. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Solar Industries Association
is dismayed that a review of the Ontario Power Authority's proposed 20-year
plan fails to see the value in renewable energy options.
"After two years of research this plan, touted as high level - a
directional road map, starts out right with conservation and renewable
discussions - then misses the opportunity to truly move Ontario ahead in the
next 20 years," said Elizabeth McDonald, CanSIA Executive Director. "We are
pleased that for the first time in decades Ontario has a plan but we believe
the focus should rest more heavily on real renewable energy sources such as
solar, both thermal and photovoltaic. This plan sets the goal at 200 MW and
that is simply not enough over 20 years. Ontarians want solar energy, they
want a lot of it, and they want it now."
CanSIA agrees with Paul Gipe, the well known solar expert and advisor to
the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, when he stated about today's
announcement, "The OPA has the authority to ramp up solar technology today.
All they need to do is increase the payment for solar energy under the
province's groundbreaking Standard Offer Contract Program."
CanSIA will be looking forward to working with OPA and the Ontario Energy
Board as it finalizes its plans for the province's future direction.
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.
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