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Information for Generators

What Initiatives are Available?

The Ontario Government is taking steps to promote the development and use of renewable energy.

If you are interested in generating electricity from renewable resources and wish to either sell this energy or to earn credits toward your energy bill, the Government has in the past few years introduced several separate initiatives:

  • Feed-in Tariff Program (FIT)
  • microFIT 
  • Net Metering

 


Feed-in Tariff (FIT) & microFIT

Eligible generators can sign a contract with the OPA for 20 years (40 years for hydroelectric facilities) to sell electricity and receive a guaranteed price per kilowatt hour. View the complete price list here.

The FIT and microFIT programs are designed for projects that generate electricity from a renewable resource such as wind, water, solar energy, and bioenergy (biomass, bio-gas, or landfill gas). The microFIT program is for projects with a capacity of 10 kilowatts or less. The FIT program is for larger projects.

To learn more about the FIT and microFIT programs select from the following list to find a summary of contract and other information relating to each renewable resource.

 


Net Metering

Electricity consumers in Ontario who produce some of their own power from a renewable resource may take advantage of the “net metering” initiative. Net metering allows you to send excess electricity you generate from renewable resources to the distribution system for a credit toward your energy costs. In essence, it’s a “trade” of electricity you supply against electricity you consume.

How does it work? Once you’re connected to the distribution system, your local distribution company will continue to read your meter just as they do now (though they may need to change the meter in order to be able to record the information they need) and then subtract the value of electricity you supply to the grid from the value of what you take from the grid. What you’ll see on your bill is the “net” difference between these two amounts. If you supply more power than what you take from the grid over the billing cycle, you’ll receive a credit toward future energy bills.   The credit can be carried forward for up to 12 months.

Eligibility criteria include, but are not limited to:

  • You must generate electricity primarily for your own use;
  • The electricity must be generated solely from a renewable resource (wind, water, solar energy or biomass); and
  • The maximum capacity of the generation facility can’t be more than 500 kilowatts.

Further information may be obtained by contacting the Ministry of Energy.

 


Comparing the Options

 

Feed-in Tariff (FIT)

Micro Feed-in Tariff (microFIT)

Net Metering

Designed for...

Small, medium or large renewable energy generation projects.

A person (generally a homeowner, farmer or small business owner), developing a very small or "micro" renewable energy generation project on their property.

Any customer of a distributor who produces electricity from a renewable resource primarily for his/her own use.

How It Works...

Under the FIT program, you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your project produces for 20 years (40 years in the case of a hydroelectric project).

Under the microFIT program, you will be paid a guaranteed price for all the electricity your project produces for 20 years (40 years in the case of a hydro electric project).

A "trade" of electricity you supply versus electricity you consume. Excess electricity is provided to the local distributor. Credits for that excess are applied toward your energy bill.

Project size...

More than 10 kilowatts.

10 kilowatts or less.

500 kilowatts or less.

Licensing and licence fees

No licence is required for facilities that have a capacity of 500 kW or less.
For facilities that have a capacity of more than 500 kW but no more than 10 MW, there is a licence application fee of $100.
For facilities that have a capacity of more than 10 MW, the licence application fee is $1,000.  There is also an annual registration fee of $800.

No licence is required.

 

No licence is required.

Metering requirements and account treatment

Metering requirements will depend on how you choose to connect (in series, in parallel, or directly to the distribution system). 
A separate generator account is required, regardless of connection configuration.

Metering requirements will depend on how you choose to connect (in series, in parallel, or directly to the distribution system. 
A separate generator account is required, regardless of connection configuration.

Meters may be either one-way or two-way at the choice of the distributor.
No separate generator account required.

 


Concerns, Complaints, Questions

The OEB ensures that distributors connect generators to their distribution systems in accordance with applicable law and regulatory requirements.  If you have a complaint, concern or question about the connection process, you may contact the Board at IndustryRelations@ontarioenergyboard.ca.

Other agencies also play a role in relation to generation contracts and generation connections.  Depending on the nature of your complaint, concern or question, one of the following agencies may be able to assist you:

 

 

Page last updated 2016-01-13

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