The City of Kingston is seeking the public’s input on how it should spend the Kingston Solar LP Community Benefit Fund in 2020. Previously, the fund has been used to improve natural and recreational areas in rural Kingston through tree plantings, park land improvements and playground, and shade structure installations.
This fund is part of an agreement with Kingston Solar LP (Samsung), which provides the City with $1,250 per megawatt of power produced by their solar project. According to a release, the project generates 73.6 megawatts within the city’s boundaries, making the company’s annual contribution to the fund more than $92,000 with the current balance for 2020 standing at $93,997.36.
Since 2015, the fund has been used to plant approximately 2,000 trees near the solar project, replace a play structure, plant trees and build a shade structure at Elginburg Public School.
Suggested projects for future funding include planting trees in the public right-of-way and on private properties in the area of the Kingston Solar LP (Samsung) properties; park improvements in the rural area of Kingston; or acquisition of parkland/natural lands in the rural area of Kingston.
Those wanting to make a recommendation regarding the Community Benefit Fund can rank how you would spend the fund at the City’s Get Involved page, where you can also add your own project ideas for consideration. Feedback online ends on November 25 at 4pm.
Input can likewise be made in person at the rural advisory committee meeting at 6pm on November 13 at the Glenburnie Fire Station, 1485 Unity Rd.