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April 10, 2014: Heartbleed bug

Note to users: All OPA websites have been reviewed and tested, and the OPA can assure users that these websites are not using, and have never installed, the version of OpenSSL software that is affected by the Heartbleed bug. 


April 7, 2014: Update for FIT 3 Applicants

The OPA has completed an initial review of 1,779 FIT applications totalling about 436 megawatts (MW) from across the province. The applications were received during the application window open from November 4 to December 13, 2013.

The OPA, together with an independent Evaluation Monitor, has now completed its review to determine if the applications were complete and eligible. Over the next week, all applicants will receive a message on their My FIT Home Page on the status of their applications. 

Click here for more information.


April 7, 2014: Update for URSP Applicants

The OPA has completed an initial review of 151 Unconstructed Rooftop Solar Pilot (URSP) applications totalling 35.5 megawatts (MW) from across the province. The applications were received during the application window open from November 4 to December 13, 2013.

The OPA, together with an independent Evaluation Monitor, has now completed its review to determine if the applications were complete and eligible. Over the next week, all applicants will receive a message on their My FIT Home Page on the status of their applications. 

Click here for more information.


February 14, 2014: Approach for FIT Contracts that have Renewable Energy Approvals appealed to the Environmental Review Tribunal

In response to concerns raised by Suppliers and other stakeholders, the OPA will contractually address appeals of Renewable Energy Approvals to the Environmental Review Tribunal. Click here for more information.


January 24, 2014: FIT 3 Application Summary

During the most recent FIT 3 application window from November 4 to December 13, 2013, the OPA received 1,982 applications representing a total of 493.71 megawatts (MW). These applications are for renewable energy projects (solar, wind, waterpower and bioenergy) with a proposed capacity of more than 10 kilowatts (kW) and generally up to 500 kW. The OPA received applications with Aboriginal community participation (30.8 percent of net applications), municipal and public sector participation (26.9 percent) and community participation (11.7 percent). More than 75 percent of applications are for rooftop solar projects. The complete FIT 3 application summary is available on the FIT website.

Applications are currently being reviewed by the OPA for completeness and eligibility.

Successful applicants are expected to be announced in the second quarter of 2014. The OPA will award up to 123.5 MW worth of contracts as a result of applications received during this application period.  

The OPA also accepted applications for the new Unbuilt Rooftop Solar Pilot program, which has a separate procurement target of 15 MW. The OPA received 184 applications for this program, representing a total of 45 MW. Information on these applications is included in the summary.

Applicants are encouraged to monitor their My FIT Home Page and the primary contact’s email address provided in their application in case any clarifications are required.


January 17, 2014: Deadline to withdraw a FIT application or a URSP application

In accordance with Section 3.4(b)(ii) of the FIT Rules, the deadline to submit a withdrawal request for a FIT application or an Unbuilt Rooftop Solar Pilot (URSP) application to the OPA is January 22, 2014, at 11:59:59 p.m. All withdrawal requests received after this date will not be processed.
 
To withdraw your FIT application or URSP application, submit the prescribed form, available here, to FIT@powerauthority.on.ca. Please note that the withdrawal of an application will not affect the eligibility of any other application (e.g., an application that was not eligible at the time it was submitted cannot subsequently become eligible by the withdrawal of another application that preceded it). An application fee will not be returned if an applicant withdraws an application.
 


December 14, 2013: FIT Program application period now closed
 
Thank you to all who submitted applications during the FIT application period. The application period is now closed.
 
The OPA will review each application for completeness, followed by an eligibility review for those complete applications. Unbuilt Rooftop Solar Pilot, Contract Capacity Set-Aside (CCSA) and non-CCSA applications that pass both of these stages will be ranked according to priority points and time stamp and tested for transmission and distribution availability.
 
Applicants are encouraged to monitor their My FIT Home Page and the primary contact’s email address provided in their application in case any clarifications are required.
 

 
November 1, 2013: New FIT/microFIT Price Schedule Available
 
As required by the April 5, 2012 and June 12, 2013 FIT directions, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. Please note that prices listed in the January 1, 2014 price schedule have not changed from the August 26, 2013, price schedule. View the new price schedule here.
 
The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT programs on a regular basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review.
 
This price schedule will apply to any new contracts that are issued on or after January 1, 2014. FIT applicants are reminded that their contract price will be based on the price schedule in effect at the time of their contract offer.
 
The next price review is scheduled for fall of 2014 to be effective on January 1, 2015.
 

October 29, 2013: Updated FIT Rules Version 3.0

The FIT Rules Version 3.0 have been revised pursuant to the Minister's direction received by the OPA on October 28, 2013 regarding the inapplicability of certain agricultural land restrictions to reserve lands.
 
More information on this change can be found in the Program Resources section. Also posted here are the updated FIT Rules Version 3.0 and a comparison between the October 9, 2013 and October 29, 2013 versions of the FIT Rules.