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Feed-in Tariff Ontario. Tarifa y Prima Fotovoltaica en Canadá

18 junio 2010
Feed-in Tariff Program – Ontario Power Authority
Program Responsibility: Ontario Power Authority
Program Description: Ontario’s feed-in tariff or FIT Program is North America’s first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. It offers stable prices under long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources, including biomass, biogas, landfill gas, on-shore and off-shore wind, solar photovoltaic (PV) and waterpower.
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The FIT Program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, which was passed into law on May 14, 2009. By encouraging the development of renewable energy in Ontario, the FIT Program will help Ontario phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2014 – the largest climate-change initiative in North America. It will also help boost economic activity and the development of renewable energy technologies, and create new green industries and jobs. The FIT Program is open to renewable energy projects of all sizes; however, projects 10 kW or less in size can apply to the microFIT Program, a streamlined version of the FIT Program. Program Eligibility Developers of renewable energy projects will receive a FIT or microFIT contract if they meet all program requirements. FIT Program

To be eligible for the FIT Program, projects must:

  • be located in Ontario, at a location over which the project proponent has control
  • use one of the eligible renewable energy sources
  • connect to an eligible local distribution system, host facility or the IESO-controlled grid
  • be separately metered for data collection and settlement purposes.

The following projects are not eligible for the FIT Program:

  • waterpower projects greater than 50 megawatts (MW)
  • solar PV ground-mounted projects greater than 10 MW
  • solar PV ground-mounted projects greater than 100 kW located on Canada Land Inventory Class 1 or 2 lands for agriculture or designated specialty crop areas, unless otherwise designated by a municipal zoning by-law
  • projects with contracts under the OPA’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP). There are options to allow certain projects with a RESOP contract to transition to the FIT Program.

microFIT Program
To be eligible for the microFIT Program, projects must:

  • be 10 kW or less in size and located in Ontario
  • use one of the renewable energy sources
  • be connected, directly or indirectly, to the distribution system
  • have metering suitable for data collection and payment calculation. All microFIT projects require a separate meter so that the amount of electricity produced by the project can be accurately measured.
  • not be the subject of an existing OPA contract. For example, a project must not have a contract through the OPA’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP). There are options to allow certain projects with a RESOP contract to transition to the microFIT Program.
  • Note: There are additional eligibility requirements for microFIT projects that are expansions of existing facilities.

Projects under both programs must meet certain domestic content requirements. The MicroFIT Program has domestic content requirements for solar PV projects. The FIT Program has domestic content requirements for solar PV and wind projects. Program Pricing FIT and microFIT contract holders receive a fixed price for the electricity they produce over a 20-year contract period (except for waterpower projects, for which the contract period is 40 years). The prices paid for electricity produced vary according to the renewable energy source used and the size of the project. The payments are designed to cover typical capital and operating costs and to provide a reasonable return on the investment over the term of the contract. To view the program price schedule, click here. Aboriginal and community-based projects are eligible to receive a payment (“price adder”) in addition to the contract price.

Miscellaneous/Other Information:

The application process for both the FIT and microFIT Programs is electronic. The program websites provide extensive information about the programs, including access to the online application form and all program documentation. Click here to visit the FIT website.
Click here to visit the microFIT website.

Program Category:

Energy, Energy Incentives

Contact Information:

FIT Program/microFIT Program
Ontario Power Authority
Suite 1600, 120 Adelaide Street West
Toronto, ON M5H 1T1
Tel: 888-833-7978 (toll-free)
Email:
FIT: FIT@powerauthority.on.ca
microFIT: microFIT@powerauthority.on.ca
Websites:
FIT: http://www.powerauthority.on.ca/fit/
microFIT: http://microfit.powerauthority.on.ca

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