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Feed-In Tariff Program Growing Ontario's Clean Energy Economy

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Feed-In Tariff Program Growing Ontario's Clean Energy Economy

Ontario's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program provides guaranteed, long-term contracts for energy generated using renewable resources. Launched in 2009, it is the most comprehensive program of its kind in North America. The FIT program is designed to make it easier and faster to bring renewable energy projects of all sizes online.

Homeowners, business owners and private developers may apply to the FIT Program if they generate renewable energy from wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas, solar photovoltaic (PV) power and landfill gas.

Bruce to Milton FIT Projects

  • Contract offers have been issued for 25 large-scale renewable energy projects totaling almost 1,046 megawatts.
  • There are 19 wind projects and six solar projects.
  • Contracts have been offered to three community projects in Paisley and Tiverton.
  • Projects must comply with Ontario's Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process which establishes clear government commitment to a rigorous upfront environmental review process, including public, municipal and Aboriginal consultation.

FIT Progress

  • With today's announcement, the OPA will have contracted or offered contracts for more than 2,000 mid-size and large-scale FIT projects with a total capacity of 3,600 MW. This can produce enough electricity each year to power about 900,000 homes.
  • FIT contracts have been offered to homeowners, farmers, schools, churches, municipalities, major retailers, community housing projects, fairgrounds, a hospital, a winery, a greenhouse, a transit commission and even a monastery.
  • More than 70 community projects as well as about 15 Aboriginal projects will have been offered FIT contracts.
  • About 50 mid-size and large-scale FIT projects are already in operation.
  • Thousands of Ontarians are participating in the microFIT program, with over 10,000 projects already connected or ready to connect.

Building A Clean Energy Future

Ontario is bringing on more sources of clean energy supply from wind, solar and bioenergy.

  • Ontario leads Canada in photovoltaic solar capacity and has the third-largest capacity in North America, after California and New Jersey. Ontario is currently home to the world's largest operational solar photovoltaic farm located in Sarnia.
  • In 2003, Ontario had only 10 wind turbines. Today the province has more than 900 wind turbines and is home to Canada's four largest wind farms.
  • Ontario had no commercial solar projects online in 2003. Today more than 6,000 small-scale solar projects are connected to the grid.
  • By the end of 2014, Ontario will replace dirty coal-fired generation with clean energy sources, which is comparable to removing up to 7 million cars off Ontario's roads.
  • Since 2009, more than 30 businesses have announced they are setting up or expanding plants to manufacture parts for the solar and wind industry.
  • So far, the Green Energy Act has helped create over 13,000 jobs and is on track to create 50,000 jobs by the end of 2012.

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