November 4, 2013: FIT Program now accepting Applications
The OPA is now accepting Applications for Small FIT Projects with a proposed capacity of more than 10 kilowatts (kW) and generally up to 500 kW. The OPA will award up to 123.5 megawatts (MW) worth of Contracts (the Procurement Target) as a result of Applications received during this FIT Application Period. This includes the 2013 Procurement Target of up to 70 MW plus 53.5 MW remaining from the previous Application Period.
The FIT Application Start Date is November 4, 2013, and the Application End Date is December 13, 2013 at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern Prevailing Time. Applicants are required to submit hard-copy Application materials and payment to the OPA’s offices no later than five Business Days after the date of submitting an electronic Application Form.
The OPA will also now accept Applications during this period for the Unconstructed Rooftop Solar Pilot, which includes a separate Procurement Target of up to 15 MW.
Please note that the Final FIT Rules, Contract and other program documents were posted in October 2013. Before submitting your Application, please carefully review the latest versions of the program documents in the program resources section of the FIT Website to ensure you understand how the FIT Program has changed from version 2. For more information on how the program has changed, click on the Summary of Changes Table and the FIT 3 FAQs. Procurement Targets, Contract Capacity Set-Asides, and start and end dates for this Application Period are set out here.
Applicants should note that the Minister of Energy issued a direction to the OPA on October 28, 2013, which has exempted Non-Rooftop Solar Projects located on First Nation reserve lands from certain agricultural land use restrictions. An updated version of the FIT Rules has been posted in the program resources section of the FIT Website to reflect this change. Applicants should also note that there have been some additional changes to the program documents since they were posted on October 9, 2013, including to the Prescribed Form: Applicant Legal Name and Entity Confirmation. Applicants should ensure they are using and referring to the current program documents.
Applicants should note that Applications cannot be revised after they have been submitted. Please ensure your Application is complete and accurate before you submit it. In the event that you have made an error on your Application, a complete and accurate Application Withdrawal - Request Form must be submitted to the OPA for the previous Application prior to submitting a new Application for the same Project. The previous Application will be terminated by the OPA and the reference number and Time Stamp associated to the Application will become invalid.
As outlined in the Rules, all Applications will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. If an Application is incomplete or ineligible, it will be terminated. Complete and eligible Applications will then be ranked by Priority Points and Time Stamp in order to be tested for transmission and distribution availability.
Questions about the FIT Application Period can be directed to the OPA’s customer service centre at 1-888-387-3403 or sent by email to FIT@powerauthority.on.ca. Questions submitted through any other channel may not receive a response.
A procurement process for renewable energy projects larger than 500 kW is currently under development, and more details will be provided on the OPA website when they are available.
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