CBC News - Technology and Science - Enbridge completes Sarnia solar farm
Click on the link above to read the CBC News story about the completion of an 80 MW solar project at Sarnia, Ontario. Originally built as a 20 MW facility by First Solar Inc. under the Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP) from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), the operation was upgraded by Enbridge Inc. and will continue to be operated by First Solar. The farm consists of 1.3 million panels covering 950 acres.
Under the new Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program that replaced RESOP, the OPA can no longer enter into contracts for energy generated by ground-mounted solar facilities greater than 100 kW in size that are located on Class 1 and 2 agricultural soils and specialty crop areas. While larger projects are permitted on Class 3 soils, no more than 500 MW in total in Ontario are permitted. The prohibition on use of farm land will remain in place until further regulations are prescribed under the Electricity Act, 1998.