In the race to become a global leader in green energy, the
province of Ontario has announced the third round of new contract
offers under the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-In Tariff
Program. This marks a further milestone in the province's quest
to promote the development of renewable energies and stimulate the
creation of thousands of new "green" jobs.
The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program is one of the measures
introduced by Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act to promote
the transition of Ontario's energy supply from fossil to
renewable sources. Under this program the government offers stable
prices for energy generated from wind, waterpower, biomass and
biogas, solar photovoltaic (PV) power or landfill gas. The FIT
Program is administered by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) and is
open to homeowners, business owners and private developers for
renewable projects with an installed nameplate capacity in excess
of 10 kW. The program is the first of its kind in North
On May 26, 2011, the OPA began making contract offers in respect
of 839 mid-sized renewable energy projects that had submitted their
applications between June 5 and December 7, 2010. The offers cover
a wide range of projects across Ontario. All of the projects are
capacity allocation exempt. In other words, each project must
be connected to the electrical distribution system and generate:
(i) 500 kW or less where the facility is connected to a line of 15
kV or greater; or (ii) 250 kW or less where the facility is
connected to a line of less than 15 kV.
In total, the new FIT contracts awarded will represent more than
140 MW of additional installed capacity, which will generate power
for more than 16,000 homes or a community roughly the size of
Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is also anticipated that the
government's new initiative will create thousands of job
opportunities and attract more than $ 900 million of investment
from the private sector.
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