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Ontario set to be a global leader in renewable energy.

The Green Energy Act, 2009 (GEA) was introduced to the Ontario Legislature on February 23, 2009 and was passed into law on May 14, 2009. The vision outlined by the legislation is to make Ontario a global leader in the development of renewable energy by providing clean distributed energy and conservation, creating thousands of jobs, economic prosperity, energy security, and climate protection. The purpose of the legislation is to facilitate the development of a green economy that protects the environment while streamlining the approvals process for renewable projects, mitigates climate change, engages communities and builds a world-class green industrial sector.

One of the major goals of the legislation is to provide a simpler, more comprehensive policy that procures renewable energy development, but at a lower cost and with greater economic and social benefits, like local ownership. To achieve these policy goals the Act proposes the introduction of feed-in-tariff contracts.

FIT

A tariff is a traditional term that describes a utility price structure. Feed-in refers to a price that is paid to energy producers that feed their electricity into the energy grid system. A feed-in-tariff (FIT) provides three key provisions to renewable electricity generators: a guaranteed grid connection, a long term contract, and a fixed price sufficient for a reasonable return on investment. The simplicity, fairness, and stability of the FITs help maximize the benefits of Ontario’s push towards a cleaner, greener energy system.

The proposed FIT prices for solar PV projects have been set at:
Renewable Fuel Rooftop or Ground Mounted Solar PV Rooftop Solar PV Rooftop Solar PV Rooftop Solar PV Ground Mounted
Solar PV
Capacity Range ≤10kW >10kW ≤250kW >250kW ≤500kW >500kW ≤10MW
Proposed Price (¢/kWh) 80.2 71.3 63.5 53.9 44.3

* Please note earnings may vary quite a bit depending on your home or facility’s location and architecture. We will evaluate your location for solar exposure and provide you with potential earnings from your solar system.

Under a feed-in-tariff, the power producer is paid a premium for every kilowatt-hour generated. Since the project is an investment, SSC will design and size the system to maximize the homeowner’s rate of return.

Now every homeowner or a business with a decent amount of roof space, south exposure, and access to capital can produce power for direct sale to the grid and receive a cheque from the power company.


The solar potential in Ontario is huge.

Consider the following CanSIA data:

Solar PV is a proven technology

PV Projects Around the World:
Area Global Germany Japan Holland US California Canada Ontario*
Target 205,000 MW by 2020 300 MW by 2005 100,000 MW by 2030 1,500 MW by 2020 290,000 MW by 2025 3,000 MW by 2017 1,000 MW by 2025
200 MW by 2015
1,000 MW by 2020
1,263 MW by 2025
Agency Greenpeace & European Photovoltaic Industry Association National Government National Government National Government Solar Catalyst Group California Public Utilities Commission Pollution Probe
Clean Air Renewable Energy Coalition
Pembina Institute
David Suzuki Foundation

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