The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has qualified companies to bid in an upcoming call for 565 MW of new renewables under the province's large renewable procurement (LRP) program.
The OPA says it received 70 applicants and qualified 42 after two months of review. The chosen entities will be eligible to submit bids under the LRP I request for proposals (RFP), which will seek up to 300 MW of wind, 140 MW of solar, 75 MW of hydropower and 50 MW of bioenergy.
The OPA says it is working to finalize the draft versions of the LRP I RFP and LRP I contract and anticipates they will be posted and ready for public feedback this month. Once the documents have been finalized, the qualified applicants will be invited to submit proposals to the OPA.
Last year, the Ontario government announced it was creating the LRP to replace its feed-in tariff program for large-scale renewable energy projects. The LRP is a competitive process for procuring energy from projects generally greater than 500 kW.
The full list of qualified developers is available here.