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Smart Grid Fund Round 2 Projects

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Smart Grid Fund Round 2 Projects

Ontario is committed to supporting leading-edge Ontario-based smart grid projects that help create jobs and contribute to making Ontario a North American leader in emerging energy technologies.

The Smart Grid Fund supports the development of new and emerging technologies that bring system-wide benefits to Ontario’s homes and businesses - like fewer service disruptions, less wasted energy and increased grid security.

Below are the 17 projects that have been offered support from this round of Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund. Pending successful contracting, this support will be more than $23.7 million and is expected to create more than 350 jobs. 

Energy Storage


Project Description


The demonstration of three 250kWh smart energy storage systems in Sudbury, Toronto, and Ottawa, to promote peak management, grid reliability, and increased renewable energy penetration.

Ryerson University- Centre for Urban Energy

Demonstration of a pole-mounted energy storage system to facilitate electric vehicle integration and improve grid stability/reliability.


The installation 11 Intelligent Energy Storage Systems in Toronto and London to solve issues caused by system congestion and sudden connect/disconnect of electric vehicles.

Electric Vehicle Integration


Project Description


Equipping 30 plug-in electric vehicles with network-enabled data loggers to provide utilities with better visibility of EV-related grid impacts. This will allow charging to be optimized according to grid capacity and user preferences.

Tech Mahindra

Development of an integrated hardware-software solution that allows utilities to gather data on both EV charging patterns and local transformer performance. Enrolling 10-15 EV users in Niagara-on-the-Lake, this project will help utilities plan for future EV impacts on the distribution system, and through an In-Home Display, will help consumers manage energy usage.

University of Ottawa

Develop solutions that incorporate charging and discharging of EV batteries while incorporating secure payment and privacy of user data, as well as an EV charging station locator mobile app.

Behind the Meter


Project Description


Utilizing programmable thermostats, this project proposes a pilot demonstration of a customer opt-in dynamic pricing solution. One thousand residents enrolled in PowerStream’s “Advantage Power Pricing” program will be able to monitor and control their electricity consumption in response to peak pricing schedules set by the utility.

McMaster University

This project will design various dynamic pricing programs.  Participants will select among several different pricing plans that, when combined with direct consumption feedback, will provide participants with a breakdown of their energy consumption by appliance. Changes in consumption due to pricing and feedback will be measured for conservation impacts.

Rogers Communications

Rogers is testing new technology that will allow customers to have greater control over their energy consumption and manage monthly costs, while contributing to a more efficient energy grid.



Project Description

Canadian Solar

A real-world laboratory in Guelph focused on microgrid development. The laboratory looks at integrating renewable energy resources at high levels of penetration in both off-grid (remote) and grid-tied remote Ontario environments.

Panasonic Eco Solutions Canada

The construction of a ‘grid-tied’ microgrid at The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus in Oshawa, designed to operate as backup power during a utility power outage and provide seamless disconnection and reconnection from the main grid.


Sixteen residential and commercial loads will be supported by a microgrid based in Woodstock, Ontario. The microgrid will support smart metering technology, energy storage, renewable distributed generation and electric vehicles.

Grid Automation


Project Description


A demonstration of an innovative solution that helps flatten voltage profiles along secondary distribution feeder lines. The project proposes to deploy devices at strategic locations across Southwestern Ontario, to improve renewable energy integration and reduce line loss.  

Opus One

Developing a Distributed Energy Management System (DEMS) for the monitoring, protection, and optimal control of generation, demand, and storage resources.


Test the functioning of a line sensor and monitoring system that provides asset loading information, outage notification, conservation voltage reduction and other key utility services.

Data Analytics


Project Description

Sault Ste Marie Innovation Centre

Develop a financial analytics solution that will analyze smart grid investment options for utilities, model existing infrastructure, and conduct predictive maintenance analysis.


Combining line sensor data with anonymous smart meter data and other pieces of information to develop a software solution and user interface that helps utilities analyze and report on relevant operations, including outages. This project will also include a microgrid component.

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