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Alex Chapman's Blog Posts

- April 14, 2013

Whither MicroFIT?

The Ontario MicroFIT program is a keg about to run dry. Nobody knows if there’s another keg in the cellar. The Ontario Power Authority isn’t saying. There are encouraging signs, but...

- April 04, 2013

Sand in the Vaseline – Part IV

For the past three weeks I’ve been talking about the shortcomings of the MicroFIT program. First, the OPA’s online application process. Second, the Local Distribution Companies (LDCs)...

- March 27, 2013

Sand in the Vaseline – Part III

This is the third installment of a series looking at the Ontario MicroFIT program. Part I looked at the Ontario Power Authority and the shortcomings of its online application system....

- March 22, 2013

Sand in the Vaseline – Part II

Last week I spoke briefly about the simplicity of the German Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program. I contrasted it with the unnecessary complexity of the Ontario MicroFIT program – a program...

- March 14, 2013

Sand in the Vaseline – Part I

I haven’t experienced Germany’s Feed-In Tariff program directly, but I’ve heard all about it. It’s easy. If you decide you want to participate, you go through a perfunctory application...

- March 07, 2013

Moore's not here

Late last summer, I was walking the neighbourhood near where a rooftop residential solar PV system was about to be installed. People tend to be more interested and less sceptical about...

- February 28, 2013

The story of sunshine

It all started about 4.5 billion years ago. A small, unremarkable star began to shine, warming a small, unremarkable planet. After a mere billion years, life began to emerge. Another...

- February 20, 2013

Meet the new boss

Kids are very aware that some rules are enforced and some aren't. They test every rule constantly. They keep testing in the hopes that the parents will get exasperated and drop the...

- February 14, 2013

The Great Leap Inward

If there is an environmentalist's dream technology, it is surely solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation. All you need is sunshine, and a PV array will produce electricity. No harmful...

- May 13, 2012

Unnatural but unavoidable

Wind energy has become the favourite whipping boy in the renewable energy world. However, solar energy has its critics as well. Wind energy opponents are usually current or prospective...

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman

Alex Chapman is a self-titled Renewable Energy Evangelist. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration from McGill University. In his diverse career...

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