Saskatchewan Green Party reveals renewable energy plan

If elected, the party will introduce a feed-in tariff program where citizens and businesses generating renewable energy can sell the surplus power to the province.

Party leader Victor Lau suggests plan would create economic opportunities, reduce greenhouse gases

People could sell their surplus energy to the province under the Saskatchewan Green Party's feed-in tariff. (istockphoto.com)

The Saskatchewan Green Party says it wants to encourage people who generate their own renewable energy to feed into the provincial power grid.

On Tuesday, Day 2 of the provincial election campaign, the party was talking about its approach to renewable energy. 

If elected, the party says, it will introduce a feed-in tariff program where citizens and businesses that generate renewable energy could sell the surplus power to the province.

For example, if homeowners invest in a rooftop solar panel, they could sell the excess energy to SaskPower.

In a press release, the Leader of the Green Party of Saskatchewan Victor Lau says the feed-in tariff program would supply Saskatchewan with extra energy while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating entrepreneurial opportunities for Saskatchewan people.

"So far all of the NDP election announcements fall short by excluding people or by not actually solving problems," Lau said in a press release. 

"The best part about our feed-in tariff program is that it wouldn't add any extra cost to the provincial government treasury." 

Lau suggests a feed-in tariff rate of 16 cents per kilowatt hour.

The government of Ontario launched its Feed-In Tariff program in 2009. 

It has feed-in tariffs for wind, solar, bioenergy, and hydro power with rates ranging from 17 to 38 cents per kilowatt hour.

Saskatchewan voters go to the polls April 4. The Green Party has never elected an MLA in Saskatchewan.

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