PUC wants more solar power in Douro-Dummer
by Terry McQuitty
Peterborough Utilities Inc. appeared before Douro-Dummer council on Tuesday evening to give a brief description of their proposal for ground mount solar systems within the Township.
Mike Owen, Director of Project and Risk Management for Peterborough Utilities gave the presentation.
Douro-Dummer presently has solar collectors which are revenue generators for the Township, but there have been initial meetings between Peterborough Utilities and CAO David Clifford to explore the possibility for larger ground mount systems.
Owen explained that there are two types of ground mount systems. There are large farms such as Lily Lake in the Township of Selwyn and smaller systems that produce approximately 500kW.
There have been no specifics set to date, however the two parties are studying Township properties that might be able to host such a project.
When choosing a property there are a number of things that have to be considered. They must look at the soil type to ensure the land is not agricultural. The zoning must be rural rather than residential. There must be simple connectivity to the grid.
The project must also be hidden from public view to the best of their ability and finally there must be a full analysis of an economic model.
Mayor J. Murray Jones stated that Douro-Dummer council has always been supportive of solar energy, however the question did arise as to how the revenue sharing for such a project would be implemented.
Council was told that Peterborough Utilities was flexible on such issues and the Township could come on board as a partner and share profits (and losses) or they could be a lease holder for the project. These are issues that could be sorted out through negotiations.
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