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OSN hosts London, ON networking event for farmers and solar industry

Today the Ontario Solar Network (OSN), an association comprised of individual solar energy producers, solar businesses and other stakeholders, hosts its first London, ON networking event. The event will bring together industry professionals and agricultural stakeholders to discuss some of the potential opportunities and key challenges farmers face when pursuing feed-in-tariff (FIT) solar incentives.


In addition to providing an overview of Ontario's microFIT and FIT programs, OSN says the event will include a panel discussion with leading experts well versed in the province's Green Energy Act. Networking and question-and-answer sessions will provide additional opportunities for farmers to ask questions and voice their concerns about how they fit into the province's aggressive solar push.


Chairman of On, Jacob Travis, explains, “PV systems are a serious investment, but farmers are well situated to benefit from the solar incentives offered under the Green Energy Act,” said Jacob Travis, chairman of OSN. “This event is designed to educate the community about the various systems, leasing plans, financing options and other matters that can be confusing to those considering solar.”


According to the OSN, the event is as much an opportunity for solar businesses as it is for farmers. The organization says several companies have asked OSN for opportunities to exhibit and connect with this sector. The agricultural sector, which has nearly 60,000 farms, represents a sizeable market. 


“Residential and commercial solar requirements differ from those typically found in farming communities,” said David Gower, OSN vice chairman. “By engaging directly with this target market, solar professionals can better service the unmet needs of farmers.”


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June 22, 2010  By  John Gilson

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