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 “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on their property. Every year the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) releases a price schedule that sets out the price per kilowatt an applicant will be paid based on the type and size of the renewable energy system installed. An applicant can utilize: roof or ground mounted solar, wind, water, or biogas systems to create the energy. More recently, applicants have utilized ‘net-metering’ whereby the hydro used by the applicant is off-set by the hydro generated by the renewable energy system. The microFIT application process can be complex and the responsibilities of applicants generally include:
• understanding the microFIT rules, and contract requirements
• meeting all applicable safety standards, including arranging and paying for inspection of the project by the Electrical Safety Authority
• obtaining permits and other approvals, including municipal building permits if required
• working with the local electricity distribution company to connect the project to the electricity grid
• paying the local distribution company for account charges and metering fees
More information about the micro-fit system and application process can be found here.
Daniel & Partners LLP has extensive experience navigating the microFIT application process. For legal advice or help with a renewable energy project or net-metering application, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Real Estate professionals today!