microFIT Program

Important information – please read                
August 29, 2014: Price Review and 2015 Procurement Target
On August 29, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to conduct the price review for the FIT and microFIT programs. The OPA will begin the annual price review process immediately, starting with a stakeholder questionnaire, and post the new price schedule by September 30, 2014.  
The new price schedule will be effective January 1, 2015 for microFIT contracts and will not apply to microFIT contracts issued in 2014.
Unallocated microFIT Capacity
As also indicated in the Minister’s direction, any MWs remaining from the 2014 microFIT Procurement Target of 65.3 MW that is not allocated by December 31, 2014, will be added to the 2015 FIT Procurement Target. In 2015, the OPA will still award up to 50 MW under the microFIT Program.
The OPA posts a microFIT bi-weekly update that indicates progress toward the Procurement Target. It can be found at this link.
Any questions regarding the Minister’s direction should be sent to microFIT@powerauthority.on.ca.

August 25, 2014: Changes relating to domestic content requirements for microFIT
On July 25, 2014, the Minister of Energy directed the OPA to not include any domestic content requirements in any FIT or microFIT contracts offered or signed by the OPA after the date of the direction.

To comply, microFIT contracts offered after July 25, 2014, will not contain any domestic content requirements. This applies to all new microFIT applications as well as existing microFIT applications for which contracts were or will be issued after July 25, 2014, regardless of the version of the microFIT Rules in place at the time the microFIT application was submitted. 

MicroFIT contracts offered on or prior to July 25, 2014, do contain domestic content requirements, and these contract holders are still obligated to meet the terms of their contracts.

Please view the  direction and the Frequently Asked Questions for more information relating to this change and how it may affect your microFIT application or microFIT contract.

July 4, 2014: Version 3.1 Rules and Contract

On July 4, 2014, the OPA made a minor update to the microFIT program rules and contract. Version 3.1 rules and contract will allow the OPA to disclose certain information, if necessary, including the details of the facility and location of the facility to other government ministries, agencies, institutions or organizations, for the purposes of promoting public health and safety and allowing emergency services personnel, as well as other public officials, to plan and respond properly in the event of an emergency.

No additional changes have been made from the version 3.0 rules and contract.

Applicants will be able to submit version 3.1 applications on Monday July 7, 2014.

As a reminder, applicants are subject to the rules in effect at the time they are issued an Application Approval Notice.

Please view the version 3.1 rules and review the Frequently Asked Questions related to this change.

June 19, 2014: Program update
The OPA is resuming normal operations for the microFIT Program. This includes processing new applications, issuing Application Approval Notices and updating the status of applications as appropriate. Please allow a few weeks for a status update to be issued as the microFIT team works through the volume of applications received during the writ period.

April 10, 2014: Heartbleed bug

Note to users: All OPA websites have been reviewed and tested, and the OPA can assure users that these websites are not using, and have never installed, the version of OpenSSL software that is affected by the Heartbleed bug.

January 6, 2014: 2014 microFIT Procurement Target is 65.3 MW

The total microFIT Procurement Target available for 2014 will be 65.3 MW. 

This incorporates the 2013 unused capacity of 15.3 MW, which is added to the 2014 procurement target of 50 MW. The OPA procured 14.7 MW of the 30-MW microFIT procurement target that was in place from August 28, 2013 to the end of 2013.

Information on progress made toward the procurement target and remaining megawatts available can be found in the microFIT bi-weekly reports.
The January 1, 2014 price schedule is now in effect. Applicants to the microFIT Program are reminded that their contract price will be based on the price schedule in effect at the time their Application Approval Notice is issued.
Please ensure that you regularly monitor your My microFIT Home Page for updates to your application status.

December 20, 2013: microFIT Program update

The OPA wishes to advise that microFIT applications submitted by December 31, 2013, will remain active in the microFIT system in 2014, whether or not they have received an Application Approval Notice. 

The microFIT Rules identify that these applications may be terminated but the OPA has decided to keep them active. 

The latest bi-weekly microFIT report, released on December 13, 2013, shows that there were approximately 16.8 MW remaining towards the current 30-MW procurement target. Any capacity remaining from this procurement target on December 31, 2013 will be added to the 2014 procurement target of 50 MW.

The OPA will announce the aggregated 2014 procurement target in the new year.

November 1, 2013: New FIT/microFIT price schedule available

As required by the April 5, 2012 and June 12, 2013 FIT directions, the OPA has posted an updated FIT/microFIT price schedule. Please note that prices listed in the November 1, 2013 price schedule have not changed from the August 26, 2013 price schedule. View the new price schedule.

The OPA is required to review the prices offered to generators under the FIT and microFIT programs on a regular basis to ensure both ratepayer value and a fair return on investment. The OPA thanks those who provided feedback during the recent price review. 

This price schedule will apply to any new contracts that are issued on or after January 1, 2014. Applicants are reminded that their contract price will be based on the price schedule in effect at the time of their application approval.

The next price review is scheduled for fall of 2014 to be effective on January 1, 2015.

Version 3 of the microFIT Program opening August 28, 2013

Welcome to version 3.0 of the microFIT Program. The microFIT Program will begin accepting version 3.0 applications later this evening (after 9 p.m.). Final program documents are available for your review. A 30-MW procurement target is now in effect for the remainder of 2013.

The OPA will accept applications until either the 30 MW microFIT procurement target is reached, or December 31, 2013. At that point the OPA will begin accepting applications under the 2014 50-MW procurement target. Any unused capacity from the 30-MW procurement target will be added to the 2014 50-MW procurement target.

The OPA will review all applications that are submitted to ensure they are complete, eligible and contain all required information.

Please ensure that you regularly monitor your My microFIT Home Page for updates to your application status.