Today many home, farm and small business owners are considering the installation of alternative forms of electricity generation such as renewable electricity generation (embedded generation) and connecting it to run in parallel with the Local Distribution Company (LDC) electrical system. Examples are the installation of small wind turbines, photovoltaic (solar) systems, micro-hydro turbines or renewable bio-mass, bio-fuel, biogas or water power. These systems are intended not only to reduce the amount of power purchased from the local electricity distribution company but also to export electricity to the LDC to generate revenue for the owners/operators. Where these systems are powered from renewable sources such as wind, flowing water or sunlight they also provide environmental benefits.

Technological improvements, regulatory reform, increased environmental consciousness, and Ontario’s goal of increasing Renewable Electricity Generation capacity by 8000 Megawatts (MW) before the year 2025 has provided an opportunity to introduce wind, solar, bioenergy, and small hydro generation systems into the provincial energy mix. In order to encourage development of micro, small, and medium sized Renewable Energy Generation facilities, the Provincial Government has introduced the FIT/microFIT Program for Renewable Energy Supply in addition to Net Metering options for those interested in supplying renewable energy through their local electricity distribution system. EG is any type of electrical generator or static inverter producing alternating current that has the capability of parallel operation with Niagara Peninsula Energy’s Distribution System, or is designed to operate separately from Niagara Peninsula Energy’s Distribution System and can supply a load that can also be fed by Niagara Peninsula Energy’s system.

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Feed-in Tariff (FIT)and microFIT

Two programs offered through the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), which allow customers to generate and sell renewable electricity back to the provincial grid:

FIT and microFIT Website

FIT for projects greater than 10 kW
microFIT for projects 10 kW or less

FIT Program Information

microFIT Program Information

For renewable energy developers and projects
over 10 kiloWatts

For homeowners, small businesses and others
for projects 10 kiloWatts or less

 

Ontario's feed-in tariff or FIT Program is North America's first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. It offers stable prices under long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources, including:

  • biomass
  • biogas
  • landfill gas
  • on-shore and off-shore wind
  • solar photovoltaic (PV)
  • waterpower
   

The FIT Program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 which was passed into law on May 14, 2009. The OPA is responsible for implementing the program.

By encouraging the development of renewable energy in Ontario, the FIT Program will:

  • help Ontario phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2014 - the largest climate change initiative in North America
  • boost economic activity and the development of renewable energy technologies
  • create new green industries and jobs