On March 22, 2012, the Two-Year FIT Review Report ("Review
Report") was released by the Government of Ontario disclosing
the results of Ontario's microFIT and FIT Scheduled Program
Review. The Review Report made strategic recommendations in six
areas to ensure the long-term success and sustainability of the
programs. The areas are:
continuing commitment to Clean Energy;
streamlining processes and creating jobs;
encouraging greater community and Aboriginal
improving municipal engagement;
reducing prices to reflect lower costs; and
expanding Ontario's clean energy economy.
The Review Report also recommended expansive revisions to the
FIT and microFIT 2.0 programs rules and contracts. The draft FIT
2.0 program rules and contract were released on April 5, 2012.
Notable changes to the program involve pricing, the application
process and the availability of contracts.
Prices for FIT solar contracts will be reduced, depending on the
size and type of project, by 9.6% to 23.1% and prices for wind
contracts will be reduced by 14.8% in order to reflect lower
capital costs. MicroFIT solar prices will also be reduced by
approximately 31%. Prices for hydro, biogas, biomass and landfill
gas project contracts remain unchanged.
FIT and microFIT applications will no longer be accepted on an
ongoing basis but only during respective application windows.
Applications will be also no longer be accepted on a "first
come, first served" basis but will be prioritized using a
point system, where points are given based on applicant type,
municipal support, Aboriginal support, project readiness and
electricity system benefit. A minimum of 1 point is required to be
eligible for a contract. Furthermore, even if projects qualify for
these points, contracts may not be granted as a 2015 target of
10,700 MW of non-hydro renewable energy generation has been
established. This target includes contracts already awarded, so in
reality only 1,000 to 2,000 MW remains to be filled by 2015
(depending on the extent to which existing contracts are
The Ontario Power Authority ("OPA") will implement
transition windows in 2012 to allow suppliers with existing FIT
contracts to withdraw from the FIT Program and have their security
returned. Pre-existing FIT applications can be revised in
accordance with the new process and eligibility requirements. The
first such transition window to open will be for FIT applications
for projects with a capacity ≤ 500 kilowatts (kW). FIT
applicants for larger projects that wish to reduce their capacity
to ≤ 500 kW will be permitted to resubmit their
application during this "small FIT" transition window.
The OPA is planning to award 200 MW of "small FIT"
contracts as soon as possible. Applicants must revise pre-existing
microFIT applications in accordance with the new rules and
eligibility criteria. All microFIT projects wishing to apply or
re-apply under the new program rules will now need to submit
application security. The OPA is planning to award 50 MW of
microFIT contracts as soon as possible.
The OPA is accepting feedback and commentary on the 2.0 FIT and
microFIT draft rules and contracts until April 27, 2012. All
comments are to be made on the submission form available on the OPA
website . The final rules and contracts for the programs will be
posted in early May 2012. The date for re-launching the FIT and
microFIT programs under the 2.0 rules
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