What is the Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentive Program

For our Ontario residents interested in installing solar thermal on their home or business, we looked up the details of the Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentive Program (OSTHI)


 

Promoting the development of renewable energy is a key component of the Ontario Government’s plan to build a cleaner, sustainable energy future for Ontario. Through the Ontario Solar Thermal Heating Incentive (OSTHI) (Ontario Program”), the Ontario Government has allocated up to $14.4 million dollars, available until March 31, 2011 to encourage entities in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors (ICI Entities”) in Ontario to install qualifying solar thermal heating equipment.


Ontario’s Program is administered by the Ministry of Energy (Ontario) and is similar to the federal government’s ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program (Federal Program) administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), except the Ontario Program has the additional criteria that the applicant must:

Be an ICI entity situated in Ontario

Have submitted to NRCan, an application to ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat postmarked on or after June 20, 2007, the date that the OSTHI Program was announced by the Government of Ontario (links to the application forms are provided immediately below)

Application Forms

For solar water heating:

www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoenergy-ecoenergie/apps/heat-chauffage/v2008/app-03-form-eng.pdf

For solar air heating:

www.ecoaction.gc.ca/ecoenergy-ecoenergie/apps/heat-chauffage/v2008/app-02-form-eng.pdf

Submit with the completed ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat application to NRCan, a completed and signed OSTHI Consent and Release Form , which permits the sharing of information between NRCan and the Ontario Ministry of Energy

Agree that if selected to receive an incentive under the Ontario Program, the equipment that is funded through the Ontario Program shall be installed in its facilities located in Ontario

Release both NRCan and Ontario from any liability arising out of such sharing of information

Source: http://www.mei.gov.on.ca/en/energy/renewable/?page=OSTHI

Any and all of the information submitted by the applicant to NRCan, and any information or material received by or developed by NRCan through the administration of ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat may be shared with the Ontario Ministry of Energy.

Any and all of the information submitted by the applicant to OSTHI, and any information or material received by or developed by the Ontario Ministry of Energy through the administration of OSTHI may be shared with NRCan.

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