Kingston Solar Community Benefit

The Rural Advisory Committee needs to hear from rural residents about how you would direct the funds from the Kingston Solar LP (Samsung) Renewal Energy Project Community Benefit Program.

This fund is part of an agreement with Kingston Solar LP (Samsung), which is contributing $1,250 per megawatt (MW) of power produced by their project to the City of Kingston over the next 20 years.  The first payment made to the Community Benefit Fund was $116,449.32 (for part of 2015 and all of 2016).

A few suggestions made already include:

  • Plant trees along roadways, on public and private lands to restore the rural nature in the areas where solar construction has taken place.  (Where permission is granted.) 
  • Support rural schools as they evolve into community hubs by making investments in community space. 
  • Develop parkland near the Kingston Solar Project (as there are no public parklands nearby).

If you like any of the above ideas, or have some of your own, let the Rural Advisory Committee know in the comments below, or by sending an email to the committee clerk: cblumenberg@cityofkingston.ca 

You can also let us know in person at the rural advisory committee meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 16 at the Glenburnie Fire Station, 1485 Unity Rd. to provide us with your advice.