We’re hearing that the wind power generation project for the North Gower-Richmond area of the City of Ottawa is “on hold.”
This is not quite true: at the moment, as the Ontario government’s Feed In Tariff or FIT program has been revised, all projects without a FIT contract and that are proposed for more that 500 kW, must reapply for a contract. That said, the date of their original proposal stands.
So, as we understand it, Prowind has to reapply for a FIT contract.
That’s not really “on hold,” they’re just waiting for the next step in the process.
What would be wonderful, of course, is that the company would see that the community does not want this project, that there are all kinds of liability from locating giant, noise-producing wind power generators so near to hundreds of homes, and abandon the idea.
But when there are millions and millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidy to be had, as is the case with the Ontario government’s FIT program ($500,000 per turbine, per year) the only word in Prowind’s mind is: profit.
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