New Ontario Feed In Tariff Rates 2.0
A Draft of the proposed FIT 2.0 contract rates has been published on the Ontario Power Authority website.
Download the OPA draft pricing schedule here
Further reading on the Ontario Power Authority website here
Existing microFIT applications that were submitted on Sept. 1, 2011, or later will be subject to the new microFIT Program Rules and pricing. The new pricing schedule is available here, and draft program rules and draft contract have now been posted for comment.
Micro FIT Version 2 Final Release
Key changes to the microFIT Program include:
- Solar prices have been reduced to reflect decreased costs in equipment.
- As a first step, the FIT and microFIT program rules will provide for the awarding of 50 MW of microFIT and 200 MW of small FITcontracts as soon as possible.
- Individuals and farmers may only have one project and may not have multiple applications active at one time, whether or not the project or application is in respect of separate properties.
- The requirement that the applicant must own the land where the project will be located remains, except for microFIT applications from the following categories that meet the requirements of the eligible participant schedule: municipalities, universities, schools and colleges, hospitals and long-term care homes, social housing or affordable housing, and Aboriginal communities. These applicants will be able to lease the land on which their project is located.
- Ground-mounted solar projects or wind projects that have a nameplate capacity of 3 kW or less will be prohibited from locating on lands that are used for residential purposes or lands abutting lands that are used for residential purposes. On commercial or industrial land, the project may not be the main, primary or only purpose for which the property is used.
- Applicants need to have received and accepted an Offer to Connect from their local distribution company within 90 days of the OPA reviewing an application. The applicant must construct their project and obtain the Electrical Safety Authority Connection Authorization within 180 days of receiving their application approval notice.
- The OPA will no longer be issuing conditional offers, but application approval notices.
- Existing microFIT applications that were submitted on September 1, 2011, or later will be subject to the new microFIT Program Rules and pricing and must complete a revised application form.