The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has offered 951 new Small Feed-In Tariff (FIT) renewable energy contracts, representing 146.5 MW of power. Most of the contract offers are for solar photovoltaic projects.
Over 98% of the successful applications received municipal council support resolutions. The contract offers include 934 solar PV projects, 16 bioenergy projects and one hydropower project.
These contracts are being offered to successful applicants who applied during the Small FIT application period from Dec. 14, 2012, to Jan. 18, 2013. The OPA was authorized to offer up to 200 MW of contracts to these applicants; the remaining 53.5 MW of capacity will be added to the procurement target for this fall's Small FIT application period.
Small FIT projects are generally those with a capacity of more than 10 kW and up to 500 kW.
As of the OPA's most recent FIT program quarterly report, updated March 31, the OPA had contracts for 1,706 FIT projects, representing 4,541 MW. Of these, 616 projects had been completed and were delivering electricity to Ontario's grid, with the rest in development.
Ontario's FIT Program, enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act of 2009, is a guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production.Â
"The FIT Program is helping to transform our electricity system to be cleaner and more sustainable, as well as provide opportunities for more Ontarians to participate in the clean energy economy," says Colin Andersen, CEO of OPA.