Solar is the new oil. Again.

Categories: News
Published on: June 9, 2015

Ottawa Citizen / Kelly Egan / 08 June 2015

dick-bakkerSolar power is threatening to save the world again. And this time, it really, really means it.

Forget the energy evangelists for a moment — trust your own eyes. You can’t swing a cat in this town without hitting a solar panel. Hydro Ottawa reports that, in just over five years, some 720 renewable energy projects are now feeding the grid, the vast majority being solar.

Take just one school board. The Ottawa public has solar projects at 41 schools and there are plans to add 24 more. The other three boards have a combined 20 projects and growing. The French public board — how did this slip by? — is producing some 1.2 megawatts of electricity, enough to power roughly 200 homes. Loblaw’s, for Pete’s sake, has 62 solar installations in Ontario.

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