Don’t blame solar power for high hydro costs in Ontario

The attack on solar energy impacting high hydro costs or Ontario’s electricity costs has been relentless by some media outlets. But do they have a point?


  • Article Written/Contributed by
  • Adam Johnston, Renewable Energy Analyst

If you read what many media pundits say, you might think that solar energy is to blame for Ontario’s skyrocketing energy costs. Despite these claims, don’t pinpoint the blame on solar as the main culprit for Ontario's customer's high monthly bills.

The Fraser Institute released a report last year which said Toronto electricity prices doubled the Canadian average between 2008 and 2016.

Prices increased 71 percent, compared to national average of 34 percent. Toronto electricity bills advanced on average $77.09 monthly while Ottawa consumers saw a $66.96 average monthly increase between 2010 to 2016.

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