MicroFIT/FIT Info   FIT 10KW - 500KW  



On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to extend the FIT 3 procurement by allocating up to 100 MW of the 150 MW 2014 FIT Procurement Target to applicants whose applications:


(i) were received through the FIT 3 application period,

(ii) were deemed complete and eligible, and

(iii) were not included in the Offer List posted on July 30, 2014 (called “Eligible Applicants” in the Minister’s direction), provided there is available connection capacity.


This means that the next application period is expected in 2015.


This extended FIT 3 procurement maintains the government’s commitment in the December 2013 Long Term Energy Plan to provide annual FIT procurements.  Providing a predictable FIT procurement schedule helps industry to plan more effectively and secure the resources necessary to participate in the renewable energy sector.


The Minister also directed the OPA to conduct the annual price review for the FIT and microFIT programs. The OPA will begin the price review process immediately, starting with a stakeholder questionnaire, and post the new price schedule by September 30, 2014. The new price schedule will be effective immediately for the FIT Program and apply to any FIT contracts that are offered after September 30, 2014. The new price schedule will not apply to any FIT contracts offered pursuant to the July 30, 2014 Offer List.


In consideration of the new price schedule, Eligible Applicants will be provided an opportunity in October 2014 to confirm, through the submission of a new Prescribed Form, their interest in having their Applications considered for the extended FIT 3 procurement. The Eligible Applicants will be advised when this new Prescribed Form is available, and the OPA anticipates that it will be posted in advance of the new price schedule being provided.


More information, including links to the price review and the Minister’s direction, is available at fit.powerauthority.on.ca.



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Ontario's MicroFIT Program


Ontario's FIT Program


MicroFIT (10 kW or less)


The MicroFIT program is designed for renewable projects that can generate 10 kilowatts (kW) of electricity or less.

If you are a homeowner or small business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property. Under the MicroFIT Program, you will be paid a guaranteed, premium price for all the electricity you project produces for at least 20 years.


Once you’ve selected a renewable energy technology and developed a project plans, signing up for the MicroFIT program is straightforward. There is minimal paperwork and there’s no application fee.


Listed below are the steps that need to be carried out to ensure timely connection of renewable micro-generation projects to NOW Inc.’s distribution system. 


STEPS:


Initial Contact

Customer submits Application to Connect MicroFIT and Single Line Diagram.


Provision of Information

The customer must ensure compliance with the OPA rules and with Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) guidelines. NOW Inc. reviews the Single Line Diagram to ensure compliance with NOW’s safe utility practices and provides connection details to the customer.


Generator Develops Plan

Customer reviews information obtained from NOW Inc. and ESA and develops installation plan.

MicroFIT Contract

Customer must apply with the OPA for a MicroFIT contract.


Offer to Connect

Once NOW Inc. reviews and approves a Single Line Diagram, the customer will be given an Offer to Connect.


Implementation

Customer proceeds with project implementation.


Authorization to Connect

Customer is responsible for arranging and receiving Authorization to Connect from ESA.


Connection Agreement

Once all of the required customer work and approvals are completed, a MicroFIT Connection Agreement will be signed by the customer and NOW Inc.


Commissioning and Verification

NOW Inc. may inspect generation facility at any time.


Completion

Once the ESA’s Authorization to Connect is received, NOW Inc. will proceed with completing the connection of generation facility to NOW’s distribution system.



FIT (greater than 10 kW)


The FIT Program is designed for renewable projects that can generate more than 10 kilowatts (kW) of electricity. Listed below are steps that need to be carried out to ensure timely connection of renewable generation projects to NOW’s distribution system.


Initial Contact

Customer submits Application to Connect FIT and Single Line Diagram (SLD).


Provision of Information

The customer must ensure compliance with the OPA rules and with Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) guidelines. NOW Inc. reviews the Single Line Diagram to ensure compliance with NOW’s safe utility practices and provides connection details to the customer.


Generator Develops Plan

Customer reviews information obtained from OPA, ESA and NOW Inc. and develops installation plan.


Initial Consultation

Preliminary meeting with customer to discuss project feasibility, connection details and broad time and cost estimates.


FIT Contract

Customer must apply with the OPA for a FIT contract. 


Application for Connection Impact Assessment

Upon FIT contract award from the OPA, customer will ensure that is applies with NOW Inc. using Connection Impact Assessment Application.

Complete CIA application consists of completed and signed CIA, a possible CIA fee and SLD. All technical documentation must be sealed and signed by a licensed Ontario Professional Engineer.


Offer to Connect

CIA will typically be completed with 60 days (with no system modification or expansion) and 90 days (with modification and expansion). Customer will be notified of both CIA results. Upon success completion of both CIAs, customer will be allocated capacity.


Decision to Proceed and Install

If modification to NOW Inc.’s distribution system is required, the customer sign an Offer to Connect Cost Recovery Agreement (CCRA).


Implementation

Customer proceeds with generation facility design an the detailed engineering drawings and plans will be submitted by the customer to ESA for plan approval.

Customer also submits information to NOW Inc. for design review (SLD, metering details, protection, etc.)


Authorization to Connect

Customer is responsible for arranging and receiving Authorization to Connect from ESA.


Connection Agreement

Once all of the required customer work and approvals are completed, a FIT Connection Agreement will be signed by the customer and NOW Inc. prior to energization.


Commissioning and Verification

NOW Inc. may inspect generation facility at any time.


Completion

Once the ESA’s Authorization to Connect is received, NOW Inc. will proceed with completing the connection of generation facility to NOW’s distribution system.



Connection Impact Assessment (CIA)

Under the Distribution System Code, all local distribution companies (LDC) are required to complete impact assessment of generation facilities prior to connecting to the distribution grid. The customer must apply for the FIT contract, before applying for a CIA.


The CIA will define the impact of the proposed embedded generation facility to NOW’s system, which includes and is not limited to: 

         Any voltage impacts on current loading settings and impacts on fault currents;

         The connection feasibility;

         The need for any line or equipment upgrades;

         The need for system protection modifications;

         Any metering requirements.


All technical submissions (CIA, Single Line Diagram, etc.) must be sealed and signed by a licensed Ontario Professional Engineer.


Forms


Below are some sample documents from different local distribution companies (LDC).

Each LDC have different forms. (Hydro1, Toronto Hydro, PowerStream, Mississaga


Application to Connect MicroFIT

Sample Single Line Diagram

Sample Offer to Connect MicroFIT

Sample Connection Agreement MicroFIT

Authorization to Connect Link to ESA


Application to Connect FIT

Connection Impact Assessment

Offer to Connect Cost Recovery Agreement  (CCRA) - not yet available

Sample Connection Agreement - FIT




Generate Power and Money

 

Consider the benefits of generating green energy from renewable sources such as the sun, wind, water or bioenergy, and selling it for a guaranteed price. You can be part of Ontario’s growing green energy movement, make money and contribute to a cleaner environment.

 

If you are a homeowner, farmer or small business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a very small or “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on your property. Under the microFIT Program, you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your project produces for at least 20 years.

 

For an overview of the program, click here.


For a summary of what you should know and helpful checklists of questions you should ask when you are developing your microFIT project, click here.


How to participate

 

Once you've selected your renewable energy technology and developed a project plan, signing up for the microFIT Program is straightforward. You apply online, there’s minimal paperwork and there’s no application fee.

 

There are three key steps involved in participating in the microFIT Program:


Step 1: Submit an application and receive conditional offer

Step 2: Build and connect your project

Step 3: Accept your contract


Download MicroFIT Brochure