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Local expertise will discuss Solar Farm effects at Coldwater Symposium Jan 29

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Jan 26th, 2011
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Green Energy Act fast tracking with minimal public input is a major concern
 News release from Simcoe Solar Farm Awareness Project January 24 2011
 The Simcoe Solar Farm Awareness Project[SSFAP] and Ontario Farmland Preservation with support from AWARE Oro-Medonte will host a symposium on Saturday January 29, 2011 in Coldwater Ontario.
TOPIC: The Importance of Preserving Agricultural Land from Large Scale Solar Facilities
WHEN: Saturday January 29, 2011   11 AM-1 PM
WHERE: Coldwater & District Community Centre, 1 Michael Anne Dr, Coldwater ON MAP
This symposium will provide public information on the long lasting, devastating effects of the many large Photo Voltaic Electrical Generating Facilities that are being proposed for Simcoe County and the Province of Ontario.
“The current government is fast tracking the possibility of developing these facilities by means of the Green Energy Act that was passed in late 2009, with minimal input from the public” – Bernard Pope.
SPEAKERS:
-Marko Smiljanic SSFAP member
Outlines solar farm proposals for Simcoe County
Tay resident
-Bernard Pope  SSFAP member, Ontario Farmland Preservation founder
On the down side of solar farms, emphasis on loss of farmland
Oro Medonte resident
-Frank Coyle     Civil Eng Technologist, Oakville PUC, Simcoe Hydro manager
On noise and health effects of solar farms
Washago resident
 -Maurice McMillanSystems operator for Orillia Power, successfully opposed sale of Orillia Power to United States
On the finances of electrical generation
Washago resident
-Harold BokerOrganic farmer, environmentalist
On about the love for his farm & the contacts offered by solar developers he rejected
Tay resident

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