On July 14, 2014 the Ontario Power Authority published the
request for qualifications for the Large Renewable Procurement (the
"LRP I RFQ"). During this qualification stage, the OPA
aims to qualify applicants based on their ability to meet a
specified set of mandatory requirements including past experience,
technical expertise, financial resources and a willingness to
undertake the development of large renewable projects in
anticipation of new competitive procurement processes for renewable
energy projects for up to 565 MW of wind, solar, hydro and
After the RFQ process, successful applicants will be able to
submit project-specific proposals, which will include details such
as location, size, and connection point. An important part of a
project proposal is evidence of community engagement (e.g., with
municipalities, Aboriginal communities and other groups). The
procurement targets for each category of renewable fuel are the
following: 300 MW for wind, 140 MW for solar, 75 MW for waterpower,
and 50 MW for bioenergy. Given that, at this stage, the description
of the projects is in rudimentary form, the OPA will allow for an
increase of 20% of the cap in aggregate MW to allow for
flexibility. Applicants must be ready to demonstrate the ability to
make the necessary capital investments.
The submission period began on July 14, 2014 and will be closing
on September 4, 2014. The OPA expects to run a subsequent
qualification round in 2015 and it may run an additional round in
2016 if there is unused capacity from the previous years.
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