"Since the Green Energy Act came into effect, it has challenged us all to think about renewable energy," Hegan noted. "There is energy flowing right past our back doors and we should be doing anything we can do that's sustainable, both for ourselves and the community."
"...There's a community power movement afoot in Ontario right now where communities are taking initiatives and the lead (on projects) partly to own and operate, but also to have a major say in what's being produced locally," she added.
In deciding to go ahead with a micro-hydro generation project through the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, the BRREA are "very excited" about the implications this could have for the community. They ultimately would like to use any profits from the project to benefit the community as well.
Joy Hughes, Founder, Solar Gardens Institute http://www.solargardens.org
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