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This report explores significant opportunities for Ontario farmers to benefit from investments in renewable energy on their farms. The renewable energy and agriculture sectors have clear and underexplored synergies. Vast areas of farmland can be used for wind installations without impacting agricultural yields, and the crops themselves can be used as a source of power or heat generation and fuel supply. Even farm by-products like animal waste can be converted to biogas and used for heat and electricity generation. Farm-based power generation can be utilized onsite or sold to utilities, while non-electric products (like biofuels and biogas) can be sold to distributors. These options allow the farms to either reduce their own energy costs or receive an income for the products they produce.
Written in collaboration with the Pembina Institute, the Heinrich Boell Foundation, the United Church of Canada, and Climate Action Network Canada, the report makes a trans-Atlantic comparison between Germany and Ontario, examining ways in which Ontario farmers could benefit from Ontario clean energy policies and incentives.
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