The new FIT Directive to the OPA has been released (November 23, 2012) and the window for applications is set to open shortly.
From the Ontario Power Authority website:
The OPA is directed by the Minister to continue the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs developed pursuant to the direction issued September 24, 2009 and amended by the April 5 and July 11, 2012 directions. This directive follows the Minister’s review and consideration of the Land Use Working Group’s recommendations received earlier this month, related to ground-mounted solar PV projects on rural lands with multiple primary uses and rural/agricultural lands with abutting residential uses.
The directive outlines specific government policy that needs to be implemented with respect to Ground-mounted Solar PV Projects; Strengthening Community and Aboriginal Participation; Re-launching the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) and Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF); and Connecting Constrained MicroFIT projects. The OPA is directed to open the Small FIT application window as soon as possible and to follow through with awarding 200 MW of projects. The OPA is to work diligently to develop the program rules and contract as soon as possible in 2013 for a pilot program for applicants with un-constructed buildings wishing to apply for small FIT rooftop solar contracts.
News release on the OPA website:
FIT Directive – RE: Renewable Energy Program Re-Launch: http://www.powerauthority.on.ca/about-us/directives-opa-minister-energy-and-infrastructure