New law has led to upsurge in renewable energy

Want to know how one province in Canada is leading the western hemisphere in new residential solar energy applications?

Oregonians for Renewable Energy Policy will host a guest speaker, via conference call, on Ontario, Canada's environmental gains made via its feed-in-tariff policy.

Adam Scott, the green energy program manager at Environmental Defence, Canada, will discuss how the provincial program has led to a surge in renewable energy since passage of its 2009 Green Energy and Green Economy Act.

Oregon also is experimenting with a modest feed-in-tariff program, which encourages people to put rooftop solar on their homes and earn above-market payments from their utility for the electricity produced. Subsidies come from other ratepayers, rather than the government.

A similar system has propelled Germany to world leadership in solar energy.

The Canadian province accepted 22,000 renewable energy applications in the first year of its program, for 5,000 megawatts of electricity, and claims to have created 43,000 jobs to complete those contracts and attracted $9 billion in capital investment.

Scott's presentation takes place Wednesday, Aug. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. To join in on the talk, dial 712-775-7200. Access code is 881456.

Interested parties may submit questions to Scott in advance via an email to Judy Barnes, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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