Green Energy - Introduction to microFIT

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The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The Program provides eligible participants with the opportunity to develop a small, or “micro”, renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on their property. Under this program, participants are paid a fixed price over a 20-year term (40 years for waterpower projects) for the electricity they produce and deliver to the province’s electricity grid.

There are several eligibility requirements for the microFIT Program. For example, a project must be located in Ontario, meet minimum domestic content requirements, and use one of the following renewable fuel types: biogas, biomass, landfill gas, solar photovoltaic (rooftop and non-rooftop solar facilities), waterpower or wind. Eligible participants must own the land where the project will be located; except for eligible participants from specified categories, who are able to lease the land on which their proposed microFIT project is to be located. Please refer to the Ontario Power Authority’s microFIT Program website for details regarding other eligibility requirements.

When applying to participate in the microFIT Program, you must be aware of several key steps before planning for the development of your project, and before submitting an application. Most importantly, you are solely responsible for carefully monitoring the status of your application and for ensuring you meet all deadlines. The microFIT rules provide detailed information about the requirements at each step in the process.

After you receive your approval notice, you can build and connect your project. This involves installing your project and obtaining a connection authorization from the Electrical Safety Authority within the prescribed period. Note that this connection authorization can only be obtained once your project has been built. After your project is installed and has passed the electrical safety inspection, you will need to finalize your connection to the grid through your local utility distribution company.

Many people who own their own microFIT project hire an installer to help them install it. The renewable energy sector is a growing industry, and there are many installers from which to choose. It is very important to choose a qualified installer when you are developing your renewable energy project. The Ontario Power Authority does not endorse or recommend any particular installer. You remain solely responsible for any selection of, or agreements with, installers or other third parties related to the installation of your project.