June 30, 2016 – Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will offer 936 long-term contracts for 241.430 megawatts (MW) of small-scale renewable generation, including bioenergy, solar, wind and hydroelectric projects.
By Brandi Cowen
These contracts are the result of the latest procurement under the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program, known as FIT 4.
FIT projects have an installed capacity between 10 and 500 kilowatts (kW) and are connected to local distribution systems. As was the case in previous application periods, most of these contract offers are for solar photovoltaic (PV) projects, many of which are located on industrial, commercial, institutional or municipal rooftops.
Over the coming weeks, contracts will be offered to 14 bioenergy projects for 3.45 MW, including:
- Koskamp Family Farms Ltd. of Stratford: for an on-farm biogas project with 100kW nameplate capacity.
- Koskamp Family Farms Ltd. of St. Pauls: for an on-farm biogas project with 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- North Perth Community Ag Power Co-operative Inc. of Atwood: for an on-farm biogas project with 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- Sunsaver 2 Limited of Atwood: for an on-farm biogas project with 100 kW nameplate capacity.
- Wicketthorn Farms Inc. of London: for an on-farm biogas project with 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- 1024248 Ontario Inc. of St. Bernardin: for an on-farm biogas project with a 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- Bretzler Farms Ltd. of Crysler: for an on-farm biogas project with a 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- William Benjamin Green of Seeley’s Bay: for Ledgecroft Farms’ on-farm biogas system with a 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- Anita Marie Kalyn of Waterdown: for a 250 kW nameplate capacity renewable biomass system.
- Bolton Manor Holsteins Ltd. of Thamesford: for an on-farm biogas system with a 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- Greenholm Power Ltd. of Embro: for an on-farm biogas system with a 250 kW nameplate capacity.
- SCCEC 4.0 LP of Creemore: for a biogas system with a 500 kW nameplate capacity.
- Stanton Bros. Ltd. of Ilderton, Middlesex County: for two on-farm biogas systems, each with 250 kW nameplate capacity.
The complete FIT 4 contract offer list is available here.
A summary of projects with Aboriginal, municipal and public sector and community participation is available here.
The IESO received 1,702 FIT applications in total, of which 1,197 applications, representing about 336 MW, passed the completeness and eligibility review conducted by the IESO under the supervision of an independent evaluation monitor. This ensured robust and transparent public procurement practices were followed throughout the process and the applications were ranked according to priority points and time stamp and then tested in that order for connection capacity.
New in FIT 4 was the opportunity for applicants to gain priority points by electing to reduce the base price available in the FIT price schedule by one of three optional tiers. Of the successful applications, 52 per cent chose to apply for price reduction priority points, representing all three available price reduction tiers. Price reduction selections will be taken into consideration in the program price review and will influence the price schedule for future FIT procurements.
Ontario’s FIT program, enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, is North America’s first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. It includes standardized program rules, prices and contracts for those interested in developing a qualifying renewable energy project. Prices are designed to cover project costs and allow for a reasonable return on investment over the contract term. Qualifying renewable energy technologies include biogas, renewable biomass, landfill gas, solar photovoltaic, waterpower and on-shore wind power.
“Renewable generation continues to make important contributions to Ontario’s supply mix,” said JoAnne Butler, vice-president of market and resource development at the IESO. “Projects developed under the FIT program represent an important step in broadening participation in the province’s energy sector.”
“Indigenous communities, municipalities and co-operatives have been key partners in helping Ontario become Canada’s leading province for installed solar energy capacity. The FIT program has provided significant opportunity for communities to participate in, and benefit from, renewable energy projects by prioritizing community participation within the program. I would like to congratulate the successful applicants for becoming leaders through their commitment to renewable energy,” said Glenn Thibeault, Minister of Energy.
The FIT 5 procurement is expected to begin by Nov. 1. Draft FIT 5 documents will be available in the coming weeks for review and comments.
About the IESO
The IESO manages the province’s power system so that Ontarians receive power when and where they need it. It plans and prepares for future electricity needs and works with its partners to guide conservation efforts. For more information, visit www.ieso.ca.