RenewableOntario


RenewableOntario focuses on renewable energy options for Ontario, providing the necessary information for the creation of renewable energy projects. This is especially applicable because of the new Standard Offer Program. 

 

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 What is Renewable Energy?

  • Energy which can be replenished at the same rate it is used.
  • Renewable energy sources are those that produce electricity or thermal energy without depleting resources.

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  • Renewable energy harnesses the energy produced by the balance of heat radiation into space and incoming solar radiation.
  • Renewable energy flows require technology that utilizes sunlight, wind, water and geothermal heat.
  • Renewable energies include: solar, wind, water, earth , biomass power, and energy from waste.

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 Why is using Renewable Energy a good idea?

  • Avoids the depletion of resources for future generations.
  • Renewable energy stops or reverses the effects of 
    global warming.
  • Reduces air emissions, water consumption, thermal pollution, waste, noise, and adverse land-use impacts.
  • Creates thousands of jobs with reduced health and safety hazards.
  •  Saves you money!

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Visit the David Suzuki Foundation News Releases for more information. 

How are Renewable Energies used? 

  • Renewable Energy can be used in virtually all aspects of life.
  • Biomass: burn living organisms to harness solar energy.
  • Geothermal: harnessing the Earth's heat for energy usually through heat pumps.   
  • Solar Power: power directly from sunlight, harnessed usually by photovoltaic panels.
  • Water: energy harnessed through many different forms; predominately through hydroelectric and tidal power.
  • Wind Power: wind turbines harness airflows to produce energy.

Visit the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and International clean energy projects on the Government of Canada website for more information.

 

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Renewable Energy in Ontario:

In Ontario as a producer of renewable energy you have three options for what to do with the energy you create:

  • Off Grid - You produce and use electricity without connecting to the Ontario Distribution system.
  • Net Metering: You produce and consume electricity and send surplus to the grid.  This allows you to receive a credit which you can put toward future energy consumption. 
  • Standard Offer Contract: Allows you to produce electricity for the purpose of connecting and selling to the Ontario Distribution System.

For further information regarding any of these options visit: