Ontario’s Small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program is Re-Launched: Application End Date is Jan.18, 2013

This video presents “Commercial for Feed in Tariff Program in Ontario,” Canada:

Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program:

  • was launched in 2009 to encourage the development of renewable energy technology, attract investment and create new clean energy jobs in Ontario
  • is helping Ontario meet its goals for improving air quality and phasing out coal-fired generation by the end of 2014
  • 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
  • you can apply to the FIT program if you use one or more forms of renewable energy, including wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas, solar photovoltaic (PV) power and landfill gas
  • is divided into the following two streams depending on the number of kilowatts of electricity that are created:

    FIT Program: examples from left to right are wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas
    FIT Program: examples from left to right are wind, waterpower, biomass and biogas
      1. FIT program is:
        • available for renewable energy projects greater than 10 kilowatts

        • open to all types of generators, including developers, community groups and even individual homeowners

      2. microFIT program is for:
        • renewable energy projects of 10 kilowatts or less

        • homeowners, farmers and small business owners, as well as institutions, such as schools and places of worship

    microFIT Program: an example of solar photovoltaic (PV) power via rooftop solar panels
    microFIT Program: an example of solar photovoltaic (PV) power via rooftop solar panels

This video presents “Ontario FIT Program | How It Works & Benefits | Solar Panels London Ontario”:

The Small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program application window recently opened on December 14, 2012:

  • The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) is now accepting Small FIT applications for renewable energy projects with a proposed capacity of more than 10 kilowatts and up to 500 kilowatts (defined in the FIT Rules as Small FIT Projects)
  • The OPA will award up to 200 megawatts (MW) worth of contracts (the Procurement Target) as a result of applications received during this small FIT application window
  • Application End Date is January 18, 2013

Please click here to see the presentation from the webinar of Wednesday, December 19, 2012, which reviewed the revised FIT program and answered questions from interested stakeholders.

Questions about the Small FIT application window can also be directed to:

  • OPA’s customer service centre at 1-888-387-3403

Please click here for more info about the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program and application.

Ontario, Canada


Ontario Strengthens Small FIT Program

December 14, 2012

McGuinty Government Creating Jobs, Supporting Clean Energy Sector

Ontario continues to champion clean, reliable and renewable energy by re-launching the Small Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program. The Ontario Power Authority will begin accepting applications today from proponents of renewable energy projects more than 10 and up to 500 kilowatts.

Recommendations from the FIT Two-Year Review and the Land Use Working Group helped strengthen Ontario’s FIT program to better respond to community needs and to ensure its economic sustainability, including:

  • Clarifying land use rules for ground-mounted solar projects proposed in rural areas.
  • Encouraging greater community and Aboriginal participation in Small FIT projects by using a new points system. Applications with more community or Aboriginal involvement would receive more points and be prioritized over other applications.
  • Setting aside megawatts in the Small FIT Program for projects with more than 50 per cent community or Aboriginal participation.
  • Helping ratepayers by reducing FIT program prices by an average of 20 per cent for solar projects and by approximately 15 per cent for wind projects.

Building a clean energy system that supports healthier families, a greener environment and a strong economy is part of the McGuinty government’s plan to create and support jobs for Ontario families while ensuring we have the electricity we need to power our homes, schools, hospitals and businesses.


  • Since October 2003, more than 3,000 megawatts of renewable energy capacity have come online. By the end of 2018, Ontario will have 10,700 megawatts of power online from solar, wind and bioenergy projects – enough to power two million homes.
  • Ontario has more than 550 megawatts of solar photovoltaic capacity online and has committed to more than 1,750 megawatts of additional solar photovoltaic capacity – enough to power up to 300,000 homes.
  • The Ontario Power Authority has executed over 1,500 FIT contracts for new solar energy projects totaling almost 1,200 megawatts of generating capacity.
  • More than 30 companies are currently operating, or plan to build solar and wind manufacturing facilities in Ontario.
  • Since 2009, Ontario’s clean energy policies have helped create more than 28,000 new jobs.



“The Feed-in Tariff program is helping create jobs and economic opportunities across Ontario, building healthier communities now and for future generations. ”
— Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy


For public inquiries call:

  • TTY: 1-800-239-4224
  • 1-888-668-4636

Ministry of Energy


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