The Ontario government on April 8 approved renewable energy projects—worth nearly $9 billion to U.S. and Canadian firms—to produce 2,500 MW. The 184 projects fall under the province’s feed-in tariff (FIT) program, which gives solar power developers a premium fixed price of up to 80 cents per kWh for 20 years. Seventy-six of the projects are for ground-mounted solar photovoltaic technology, 47 involve onshore wind and 46 are smaller hydroelectric projects. The remaining projects involve biogas, biomass, landfill-gas, rooftop-solar and offshore wind applications. U.S. contract winners include Chicago-based Invenergy LLC, Recurrent Energy, San Francisco, and Nextera Energy, Juno Beach, Fla.
The 2016 Summer Olympics boating and swimming events have put an international spotlight on what has been a long-running problem in Rio de Janeiro—untreated sewage and trash are clogging up major bays and waterways.