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Green Energy for Ontario Communities

Community Energy Partnerships Program

Ontario is making it easier for communities in Ontario, including farmers, co-ops and non-profit organizations to bring green energy projects to life. Through the Community Energy Partnerships Program the province will provide one-time support to community groups to assist with the "soft" or development costs associated with new renewable energy projects.

Community based projects are eligible to receive a graduated incentive, based on the percentage of local ownership, of up to 1 cent/kilowatt hour in addition to standard feed-in-tariff rates. For example, a project with 50 per cent or more community ownership, the add-on would increase to a full cent.

The definition of eligible communities includes:

  • One or more Ontario residents directly investing in any size renewable energy project
  • An Ontario-based registered charity 
  • An Ontario-based not for profit organization
  • A co-operative owned by residents of Ontario

Examples of eligible "soft" costs under the program would include:

  • Site control and site survey studies
  • Resource assessment studies
  • Environmental and engineering studies

The program will be managed through the Ontario Power Authority, which will retain a third party agent who will act as the one window into this program to receive applications, determine selection criteria and provide funding to qualified applicants. Additional details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Municipal Renewable Energy Program

Ontario is making it easier for municipalities to bring green energy projects to their communities. Through the Municipal Renewable Energy Program, the province will provide support to municipalities for extra costs associated with new renewable energy projects. While many of these costs are charged to the developers, it is expected some additional costs may arise.

The program will be available to all Ontario municipalities once Ontario's Feed-In-Tariff program opens.

Examples of eligible costs under the program would include:

  • Infrastructure affected by construction/installation phases of projects, including roads, drains, easements, parklands, cultural and natural heritage sites
  • Traffic management
  • Surface drainage to protect adjacent property and roads
  • Emergency management costs, including details respecting on-site safety and measures to ensure emergency services personnel are adequately trained

The initiative is intended for costs incurred by municipalities once a project has received a building permit. Costs would be reimbursed upon receipt of verifiable evidence that costs were incurred as a result of facilitating the development of a renewable energy facility.

Ontario is paving the way for communities to develop renewable energy facilities. As costs for infrastructure and development evolve over time, the program will be reviewed in two years, to ensure that the program meets provincial and municipal needs.

Amy Tang, Minister's Office, 416-327-6747
Eric Pelletier, Communications Branch, 416-325-1810



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