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Frustrated turbine firm scales back Windsor production

"When we were encouraged to open a production facility in Ontario, it was with the promise that small wind turbines would be included in the feedin tariff rates," Reg Adams said Friday. "We have been waiting for 10 months and there is still nothing in the rates for small wind," he said.

WINDSOR - Windtronics Inc. has scaled back production of small residential and commercial wind turbines at its Windsor plant because incentives for such projects have not yet been included in the province's Green Energy Act, says the president of the Michigan-based company.

"When we were encouraged to open a production facility in Ontario, it was with the promise that small wind turbines would be included in the feedin tariff rates," Reg Adams said Friday.

"We have been waiting for 10 months and there is still nothing in the rates for small wind," he said. "We're not expecting rates on the scale of those afforded to solar, but we do need something if we are to be on a level playing field."

Without feed-in tariff rates, which are paid to project owners in exchange for supplying energy back to the hydro grid, many projects are not financially feasible, Adams said. As a result, Windtronics has cut back production and laid off about a dozen of the 36 employees at its plant on Sprucewood Avenue, he said.

A spokesman for the Ontario Power Authority was unable to confirm late Friday afternoon whether existing micro-feed-in tariff rates... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

WINDSOR - Windtronics Inc. has scaled back production of small residential and commercial wind turbines at its Windsor plant because incentives for such projects have not yet been included in the province's Green Energy Act, says the president of the Michigan-based company.

"When we were encouraged to open a production facility in Ontario, it was with the promise that small wind turbines would be included in the feedin tariff rates," Reg Adams said Friday.

"We have been waiting for 10 months and there is still nothing in the rates for small wind," he said. "We're not expecting rates on the scale of those afforded to solar, but we do need something if we are to be on a level playing field."

Without feed-in tariff rates, which are paid to project owners in exchange for supplying energy back to the hydro grid, many projects are not financially feasible, Adams said. As a result, Windtronics has cut back production and laid off about a dozen of the 36 employees at its plant on Sprucewood Avenue, he said.

A spokesman for the Ontario Power Authority was unable to confirm late Friday afternoon whether existing micro-feed-in tariff rates include the type of small turbines manufactured by Windtronics.

Feed-in tariff rates range from 80.2 cents for 10-kilowatt rooftop solar projects to 10.3 cents for 10-megawatt landfill gas projects.

Other solar rates range from 44.3 cents to 71.3 cents per kilowatt, depending upon the size of the project.


Source: http://www.windsorstar.com/...

NOV 6 2011
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