Ontario’s clean energy economy continues to grow as the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) offers 500 new Feed in Tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts. These contracts represent 123.5 megawatts (MW) of power, enough to power approximately 15,000 homes. Following the FIT 3 application period from November 4, 2013, to December 13, 2013, the OPA was authorized to offer up to 123.5 MW of contracts to proponents with successful applications.
More than 95 percent of the successful applications received municipal council support resolutions.
The breakdown of contract offers is as follows:
- 490 solar photovoltaic (PV) projects
- eight bioenergy projects
- one wind energy project
- one waterpower project.
Of these, 257 projects (60 MW) are with Aboriginal participation, 81 projects (21.5 MW) with community participation, and 161 projects (42 MW) with municipal or public sector entity participation.
As committed in the province’s Long-Term Energy Plan, the FIT Program will have an annual procurement target of 150 MW between 2013 and 2018. More details on the next application window will be provided on the FIT website in the coming weeks.
In addition, the OPA is also ready to offer 63 contracts to successful applicants who applied to the Unconstructed Rooftop Solar Pilot (URSP). This stream had a separate procurement target of up to 15 MW. More than 93 percent of the successful applications had received municipal council support resolutions.
All applicants will receive information on their My FIT Home Page regarding the status of their application.
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