On November 23, 2012, the Minister of Energy issued a directive
to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) based on recommendations from
a working group established to provide advice on ground-mounted
solar PV projects on rural lands with multiple primary uses or
abutting residential uses. The directive requires the OPA to amend
the feed-in tariff (FIT) 2.0 program rules, which were released on
August 10, 2012 (see our
Flash of August 13, 2012), to make project siting for
ground-mounted solar PV projects somewhat less restrictive. Among
other changes, the rules will now permit ground-mounted solar PV
projects greater than 10 kW on rural lands with or abutting
residential uses as long as the project follows prescribed visual
screening and setback requirements.
The directive also clarifies the priority given to local
community and Aboriginal community participation projects under the
OPA's existing contract capacity set-aside in the current FIT
2.0 rules. The directive clarifies that this set-aside will be
divided equally between community equity and Aboriginal equity
participation projects and also divided equally between the small
FIT and large FIT project application windows. Once the capacity is
allocated or there are no more participation project applications,
the OPA will no longer prioritize such projects over any other
applications and will process applications for all projects in
accordance with the Prioritization Points Table (which may include
community or Aboriginal projects).
The directive also requires the OPA to move forward with the
small FIT project application window as soon as possible and to
award 200 MW of small FIT projects. The timing to open the large
FIT application window has not yet been announced.
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