Yes, there are incentives to encourage participation in the FIT Program by community groups:
To qualify for the community adder and priority points, a community investment member must have at least a 15% direct economic interest in the project. A community investment member is defined, for the purposes of the FIT Program, as:
No, to qualify for the adder you would have to apply to the FIT program.
Community-based projects receive incentives to participate because these projects have additional barriers and higher project costs than other projects driven by commercial developers. An additional price incentive is available to community-based projects to help ensure they are financially viable.
Additional incentives and support mechanisms are intended to help level the playing field for groups that would otherwise be excluded from developing renewable energy projects.
Incentives to encourage the participation of community groups were structured to encourage partnerships with local communities and to encourage community investment members to maximize their equity share.
Yes. The adder is available based on the economic interest of a community investment member. The contract is structured to allow for increases in the economic interest of a community over time.
Through the Community Energy Partnerships Program, the province provides one-time support to community groups to assist with the "soft" or developmental costs associated with new renewable energy projects. This helps communities bring green energy projects to life.