THE GEA Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program was launched in 2009 to provide stable prices for generators of energy from renewable sources by encouraging renewable energy technology, investment and job creation. The program also helps Ontario meet its goals for improving air quality and phasing out coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.
In March of 2012, the government released the FIT Two-Year Review Report and announced forthcoming changes to the FIT program in November, 2012. The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) implements those changes for both the FIT and microFIT programs. The FIT window for applications is set to open shortly and the MicroFIT window remains open. Visit: http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/what-feed-tariff-program.
FIT allows homeowners, business owners and private developers to generate renewable energy and sell it to the province at a guaranteed price for a fixed contract term. FIT applies to wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas, solar photovoltaic (PV) power and landfill gas. The FIT program is available for renewable energy projects greater than 10 kilowatts and the microFIT program is for projects of 10 kilowatts or less.
The GEA continues to promote conservation by:
· making energy efficiency a key element of Ontario’s building code
· creating new energy efficiency standards for household appliances
· working with local utilities to reach assigned conservation targets
· protecting low-income Ontarians through targeted conservation programs