On September 8, 2010, the comment period closed for the new
proposed regulations regarding adding Small Ground-Mounted Solar
projects to the Environmental Activity and Sector Registry
(EASR) system. The EASR system is being implemented by the Ministry
of the Environment to allow businesses to register prescribed
activities in the EASR system instead of seeking an Environmental Compliance Approval through the
standard application and review process (i.e. the EPA's
Renewable Energy Approval Process). The new public, web-based EASR
system is intended to speed up the approval process for activities
that are "routine, well understood and have minimal
To date, three prescribed activities have been included in the
EASR system: automotive refinishing facilities, heating systems and
standby power systems. The government is now proposing to add three
new activities to the registry system, one of the main ones being
Ground-Mounted Solar projects. The proposed regulation would
require ground-mounted solar facilities with a name plate capacity
greater than 10 kW and less than or equal to 500 kW and with a
maximum power output capacity less than or equal to 750 kVa (at
each transformer) to register under the EASR system. In order to be
able to register under EASR the facilities would also need to meet
certain design requirements, including, but not limited to,
ensuring that any noise generating equipment does not have a sound
power level greater than 90 dBA and meeting minimum setback
requirements for noise receptors. Finally, the proposed regulation
aims to direct solar projects to properties currently or formerly
zoned for agricultural, industrial, commercial or institutional
A full version of the proposed regulation may be found here.
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