Rooftop solar is the big winner in Ontario’s latest feed-in tariff procurement for small-scale generation, nabbing 907 out of 936 long-term contracts and 232 out of nearly 241.5 MW of new capacity from the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).
The 10- to 500-kilowatt installations on industrial, commercial, institutional, and municipal buildings will all be connected to local distribution systems, PV-Tech reports.
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IESO also contracted for 3.45 MW of bioenergy, 3 MW of onshore wind, and 2.72 MW of new hydro.
“Renewable generation continues to make important contributions to Ontario’s supply mix,” said JoAnne Butler, IESO’s vice president of market and resource development. “Projects developed under the FIT program represent an important step in broadening participation in the province’s energy sector.”
“Indigenous communities, municipalities, and cooperatives have been key partners in helping Ontario become Canada’s leading province for installed solar energy capacity,” added Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault. “The FIT program has provided significant opportunity for communities to participate in, and benefit from, renewable energy projects, by prioritizing community participation within the program.”
IESO runs a separate procurement for generation over 500 kilowatts.