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Ontario sets new rules for solar panels, wind turbines, part of Green Energy Act

<p>TORONTO - New industrial wind turbines in Ontario will have to be atleast 550 metres away from the nearest homes under new regulationsannounced today.</p>

TORONTO - New industrial wind turbines in Ontario will have to be at
least 550 metres away from the nearest homes under new regulations
announced today.

The restrictions apply to projects with only
five wind turbines or less, and the residential setbacks will increase
with the number and sound level of additional turbines.

The
regulations for the province's Green Energy Act will also prohibit
large-scale solar panel projects from prime agricultural lands.

Premier
Dalton McGuinty announced the feed-in-tariff - the amount paid to
producers of renewable energy - will range from 10.3 cents per kilowatt
hour to 80.2 cents.

The feed-in-tariff is designed to encourage
large and small scale energy production, with the highest rate reserved
for residential solar rooftop projects of 10 kilowatts or less.

There
will also be what the government calls a “price adder” to encourage
aboriginal communities to develop alternative energy supplies and sell
any excess power back to the grid.

 
 
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