microFIT The microFIT Program is designed for small renewable power projects that have a generating capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW) or less. As of the end of the third quarter 2010, the OPA had received 20,774 microFIT applications with a capacity of approximately 190 MW and 12,988 conditional offers had been made with a capacity close to 118 MW. A total of 1,244 microFIT contracts had been executed with a capacity of 8.7 MW. Nearly 100 percent of this capacity is for solar projects.
May 28, 2010
The OPA has received a response from Measurement Canada to its proposal to address in-series connection configurations. The OPA is now working with the Ontario Energy Board to implement a solution for in-series connections.
Although progress has been made, the OPA will not issue microFIT contracts for projects connecting in-series until a solution is in place and local distribution companies are permitted to connect these projects. At this time, we are not able to predict whether in-series connected projects will be permitted at a future date.
May 19, 2010
On May 19, 2010, Ontario Energy Board sent a letter to local distribution companies instructing them to stop in-series connections for FIT and microFIT projects because Measurement Canada will not recognize or support the in-series metering configuration.
As a result, in-series connections are no longer permitted under the FIT and microFIT Programs. FIT contract holders and applicants and microFIT applicants therefore must pursue other permitted options – in parallel and direct – for connecting their projects to the distribution system.
If you have already connected your contract facility using an in-series connection, stay tuned for further communication on this issue. The OPA is continuing to work with Measurement Canada to find a solution for existing in-series connections.
The OPA will agree to any contract termination request from FIT suppliers who determine that their project is not feasible or economic with an alternative connection scenario. The OPA will also agree to return any completion and performance security for contracts terminated under this circumstance.