Green Energy Projects
Green energy is energy that is produced in such a way as to minimize its negative impact on the environment. Traditional energy sources, most notably fossil fuels, produce greenhouse gases that are believed to be the primary cause of an effect known as global warming or climate change.
Proponents of Green Energy projects need to be aware that the Township of Stone Mills recognizes the importance of all lands having agricultural capabilities, regardless of the designation assigned to specific lands by the Official Plan of the Township of Stone Mills.
Effective June 20, 2016, all Green Energy project proposals being submitted to the Township of Stone Mills for endorsement, shall include a report prepared by a qualified professional recognized by the Ontario Institute of Agrologist, that clearly identifies the classification of these lands in accordance with the Canada Land Inventory system. Furthermore, Green Energy projects which include lands that have been classified as, or meet the criteria of Class 1, 2, or 3 of the Canada Land Inventory system, and which are intended to be included as part of a Green Energy project, shall not receive an endorsement by Council.
Proponents of Green Energy LRP and FIT projects are strongly encouraged to locate these projects upon lands that clearly have no or minimal agricultural capability. These requirements shall specifically not apply to Micro-FIT projects being submitted by the land owner.
Proponents of Green Energy projects should be aware that the Township recognizes the importance of the move towards green energy resulting in a lesser reliance upon fossil fuels and the more conventional forms of energy production. However, the Township further recognizes the importance of locating Green Energy projects well away from residential dwellings and other sensitive land uses.
As a result, proponents of these projects are now required to enter into an agreement with the Township. These agreements serve two purposes. Firstly, any siting or other concerns relating to a specific proposal would be addressed through the agreement. Secondly, the agreement provides for the development of a Community Vibrancy Fund whereby proponents of projects would pay their fair share towards the management and services provided by the Township. The execution of the agreement with the Township is a pre-requisite to the endorsement of a project by Council. Specific agreement templates were developed for the Large Renewable Procurement program and the Feed In Tariff program and these agreements can be viewed as follows:
- Large Renewable Procurement Community Vibrancy Fund Agreement (Final Version)
- Large Renewable Procurement Road Use Agreement
- Feed In Tariff Community Benefits Agreement
To obtain more information respecting IESO and their programs, please refer to the following:
To understand the implications of renewable energy projects on your property taxes, please refer to the Property Tax Treatment of Renewable Energy Installations being a publication produced by the Ministry of Finance.
The Township of Stone Mills has acted as the host site of many renewable solar projects, ranging from micro FIT to LRP.
The Township of Stone Mills invested in its own FIT program project in 2011, which includes 560 solar panels with the capacity of 126kW, installed on our public works and salt storage buildings at 4500 County Rd 4.
In 2019, Blu Earth Renewables completed the 54MW "Loyalist" LRP project, with panels ranging from Craigen Rd to Centreville Rd. For more information regarding this project, visit: https://bluearthrenewables.com/projects/loyalist-solar-project/
Other large solar projects have been completed at County Road 1, south of the hamlet of Strathcona, and on Goodyear Rd. Numerous smaller solar projects have also been completed throughout Stone Mills Township.