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Renewable Energy Programs
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Renewable Energy Programs by Provinces

Ontario Feed-in-Tariff Program

Alberta Micro-generation Program

Alberta Renewable Energy Program

Saskatchewan Small Power Producers Program

Saskwatchewan Net Metering Program

Nova Scotia Enhanced Net Metering Program

Manitoba Solar Energy Program

Other Programs


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Ontario Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program


In order to promote a clean air environment, develop a renewable energy industry, and create jobs in Ontario,
the provincial government demonstrated its commitment to these principles by passing the Green Energy and
Green Economy Act (Bill 150) in 2009 and Ontario`s Long-Term Energy Plan in 2013. 

The Independent Electricity Operator Authority (IESO) released its Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program to incentivize the
investment towards renewable energy sources such as On-shore Wind, Waterpower, Biogas, Landfill Gas, Biomass
and Solar (PV) for electricity generating projects in the province.  This was done to help make the technology cost
competitive with highly subsidized forms of energy such as fossil fuels and nuclear as well as reduce pollutants and
greenhouse gas emissions. Currently, FIT programs are being implemented worldwide based on their ability to
successfully increase renewable energy market penetration.

Currently, FIT programs are being implemented worldwide based on their ability to successfully increase renewable energy
market penetration.

IESO has two different types of programs::

Type of program

Electricity Generating Capacity

FIT

Greater than 10 kW and up to 500 kW

MircoFIT

10kW or under


The IESO FIT contracts offer guaranteed payments to the system owner over a 20-year period (with the exception of Waterpower
which offers a 40 year contract) for electricity delivered into the local utility grid from systems greater than 10 kW up to 500 kW
in size. The program is open to all types of generators including businesses, co-operatives, developers, and Aboriginal
communities.

The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 and provides homeowners and other participants with the opportunity to
develop a small renewable electricity generation project that are 10 kW or under in size on their property.

Procurement Targets

The Ministry of Energy announced that an annual window with a 150 MW procurement target will be opened for the
small FIT program. Any unused capacity from a previous window will be allocated to the subsequent window. For smaller
(primarily
residential) PV systems under 10 kW, applications can be made to the microFIT program which has a simpler
and more streamlined application and connection process. An annual window with a 50 MW procurement target will be
opened for the microFIT program.

FIT and MicroFIT Price Schedule for 2017

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Internat Energy Solutions Canada (IESC) can manage the entire application process on behalf of interested clients of the FIT
Program and MicroFIT Program including filling out forms, assembling documents and submitting the documents.
As stated in
the
FIT application rules, for solar rooftop FIT projects, IESC will also provide a written confirmation in prescribed form from a
Professional Engineer.

The MicroFIT and FIT application processes were also reviewed by IESO while taking suggestions from many industry groups
and stakeholders. The recommended application timelines are summarized in the charts below:

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FIT 5 applications are currently closed now. More information on FIT 6 will be released soon.


Alberta


Micro-generation

In 2008, Alberta Utilities Commissions (AUC) implemented the Micro-Generation Regulation. This regulation allows customers to
generate their own renewable electricity.
Customers cannot sell the electricity. However, they can receive credit from any excess
electricity they send back into the grid.

In order to qualify for this program, customers can choose invest in small scale micro-generation projects or large scale
micro-generation projects:

Type of program

Electricity Generating Capacity

Large

Greater than 150 kW and under 1 MW

Small

Less than 150 kW


Renewable Energy Program

To meet its target of 30% renewable electricity by 2030, Alberta will be phasing out their coal-generation plants and replacing
it by renewable energy and natural gas-fired electricity.  The province will be adding 5000 MW of electricity generating capacity
from the Renewable Energy Program which is managed and run by the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO).

AESO will be setting up a competitive bidding process for investors in 2017 where investors will be able to bid up to
400 MW of renewable electricity. The competition will be open to all renewable technologies where a 20 year contract term
will be offered. The project must be operational by the end of 2019.

In order to qualify for this program:

 

  • The project must be based in Alberta
  • Should be 5 MW or greater
  • Must meet the criteria of Natural Resources Canada's definition of renewable sources

 

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan currently has two programs to encourage investments in renewable energy technologies – Net Metering Program
and Small Power Producers Program.


Small Power Producers Program

The Small Power Producers Program encourages homeowners, businesses, farms and communities to generate and
sell environmentally preferred technologies such as
Wind, Solar, Biogas and biomass, Flare gas, heat recovery and low-impact
hydro
up to 100 kW in order to offset power that is generally purchased from SaskPower. The program offers a 20-year contract
(with the exception of
hydro projects which offers a 40 year contract) who can sell their electricity to SaskPower.
The price of electricity that is sold to SaskPower is increased by 2% every year. Small power producers can either
sell all the power they produce or only sell excess of what they do not use.


Net Metering Program

The province is offering a one-time rebate of 20% up to a maximum of $20,000 for an approved net metering project. 
The rebate is available to customers of SaskPower, Saskatoon Light & Power and City of Swift Current until November 30, 2018.


Nova Scotia

The province is committed to source 45% of their electricity from renewable energy sources. The Community Feed-In-Tariff
(COMFIT) program was an integral part of Nova Scotia’s Renewable Electricity Plan which was launched in 2010 and has been
officially ended in 2015. There are other programs that would allow the residents of Nova Scotia to invest in renewable energy
technologies to generate electricity. In November 2016, the government also announced that it is currently exploring the
viability of commercial solar power in the province. Details of a pilot project will be released shortly.


Enhanced Net Metering

Nova Scotia Power Inc.’s (NSPI) Enhanced Net Metering program encourages homes and commercial businesses to
invest in renewable energy sources. The enhanced net metering program provides businesses and homeowners with the
opportunity to develop a renewable electricity generation project up to 100kW in size on their property. Participants can
either apply for a project that is 10kW or less or between 11kW and 100kW.
In order to monitor and record the flow of
electricity to and from a home or a business, a bi-directional electricity meter needs to be installed.

If at the end of billing period, a customer produced a surplus of electricity, the customer will receive a credit on their next bill.
If at the end of a year the customer still generated more electricity than they have consumed, NSPI will provide cash payment
for the surplus energy at the same rate they pay for electricity from the grid.

NSPI does not design, engineer or install generating systems for its customers. IESC can assist in the designing, engineering,
installing and managing the application process on behalf of their customers.


Manitoba


Solar Energy Program

The Solar Energy Program is intended for residential, commercial and industrial customers who would like to generate their
own electricity using solar panels and sell the excess electricity back to Manitoba Hydro. The electricity generating capacity for
this program starts from 1 kW up to 200 kW. Manitoba Hydro also incentivizes the customer for $1 per watt installed and pays
the incentive at the end of the project, once the system is installed and has passed its inspection.


Other programs

There are also some more programs that encourage investments in renewable energy projects. These programs are
listed in the table below:


Province

Type of Program

Electricity Generating Capacity

Eligibility

British Columbia

Standing Offer Program

Over 100 kW – 15 MW

Commercial and industrial customers
(Applications open again in 2020)

British Columbia

New Metering Program

Up to 100 kW

Residential and commercial customers

British Columbia

Micro – SOP

Over 100 kW – 1 MW

First Nations and communities

Ontario

Net Metering Program

500 kW or less

Residential and commercial customers

Quebec

Net Metering Program

Less than 50 kW

Residential, agricultural and small power business customers

Saskatchewan

Net Metering Program

Up to 100 kW

Residential, farms and commercial customers

Saskatchewan

Flare Gas Power Generation Program

100 kW – 1 MW

Small and medium sized oil producers

Nova Scotia

Development Tidal Feed-In-Tariff Program

Greater than 500 kW

Businesses who want to implement Large-scale in-stream tidal energy projects