SOURCE: Ontario Solar Network

Ontario Solar Network

June 15, 2010 04:19 ET

Ontario Solar Network to Host Special Event on Opportunities and Challenges for Farmers

Panel Discussion in London to Clarify the Potential Profits and Risks From the Province's New Solar Push

TORONTO--(Marketwire - June 15, 2010) -  On Tuesday, June 22, Ontario Solar Network (OSN) will host a special event at The Hilton in London, Ontario, bringing together industry professionals and potential solar stakeholders to discuss the key opportunities and challenges faced when pursuing the government's new Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) incentives.

After a free introductory seminar providing an overview of Ontario's FIT and microFIT programs, the main event features a panel discussion with leading experts. Farmers, as well as rural and urban property owners, will have an opportunity to ask questions and voice their concerns about how they fit into the province's aggressive solar push.

With nearly 60,000 farms, Ontario's agricultural sector represents a huge potential market for renewable energy. Event organizer and Chairman of Ontario Solar Network, Jacob Travis, explains, "Farmers are accustomed to investing in expensive equipment to harvest crops, and they possess plenty of space to deploy a solar system. They're well-situated to benefit from Ontario's new solar incentives." He adds, "Solar is a serious investment. This event is designed to empower the community to differentiate between the various systems being pitched to them, the financing options, and other matters that can be confusing to those considering solar."

The London event features two hours of networking among exhibitors and a one-hour panel discussion that brings together a wide variety of perspectives. Solar veteran Dave Egles, CEO of HES Home Energy Solutions will be joined by farmer and solar entrepreneur, Phil Winters, CEO of EGen Power, and Ian Karleff, Managing Director in Canada of German powerhouse, AS Solar GMBH. The advantages and disadvantages of different solar technologies will be represented by experts Jaret Henhoeffer, CEO of Penguin Power, and Aryn Strand, Director of Business Development, Sustainable Energy Technologies.

Panelists will also address questions dealing with contractual matters and insurance. Scott Stoll, a partner at Aird & Berlis LLP, will share his perspective as an advisor to a farmer's solar co-op, and Stephen J. Mallory, President of Directors Global, will highlight risk management issues.

"To reach their business objectives, investors in the solar industry must be diligent in protecting their assets and revenue streams and avoiding liabilities," says Mallory. "Every solar business, big or small, needs a sound risk management program."

The event is Tuesday, June 22nd from 6pm to 9pm at the Hilton in London, ON. Registration for the event is $55. A free introductory seminar is offered beforehand, from 4:30pm to 6pm. Space is limited. Advance Registration is highly recommended. To register or to learn more, visit

About Ontario Solar Network:

OSN, originally founded as the professional networking arm of Ontario Solar Academy, is an association comprised of individual solar energy producers, solar businesses and other stakeholders committed to the highest standards of professionalism. OSN's mission is to support the success of its members, with an emphasis on strengthening industry information, business relationships, and consumer protection, so that all benefit from Ontario's FIT / microFIT program.