Published on January 2nd, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


99 MW of New Solar Power Projects Coming To Ontario

January 2nd, 2015 by  

Originally published on Sustainnovate.

The Ontario Power Authority has just extended its solar feed-in tariff program and selected another 99 MW of solar power projects to receive payments from it. This comes from 330 new contracts.

ontarioIn case you’re not familiar with feed-in tariffs, they are when renewable energy power producers are guaranteed a specific rate for the electricity they produce and send back into the grid for a specific period of time (e.g., 15 years or 20 years). This lets the homeowners and businesses lock in an attractive, low-risk return on their investments.

76 of the new projects, totaling 33 MW of capacity, are for non-rooftop projects, while 254 (totaling the other 66 MW) are rooftop projects. Two biomass projects totaling 1MW were also selected and bring the total extension up to 100 MW. All of the projects, as a requirement of the program, are somewhere from 10 kW in capacity to 500 kW, not a watt bigger or smaller.

“Among the solar projects receiving the FiT, 121 (31MW) will involve First Nation and Métis community participation. Another 60 of the projects (18MW) have community participation and 151 projects (50MW), have municipal or public sector participation,” PV-Tech writes.

Altogether, the projects being awarded these new contracts should produce enough electricity for ~13,000 homes.

Colin Andersen, CEO of OPA said: “The FiT programme continues to generate strong interest among power generators as well as communities across the province. The FIT contracts we are about to offer represent significant investment in Ontario and in our electricity system. They show that the transformation of our electricity system to be cleaner and more sustainable is well on its way.”

Photo Credit: John Vetterli / iWoman / CC BY-SA

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  • Martin

    Because hydro is already 60 % of total electric production, but I do nor know how much is being added in hydro, plus solar, wind are a lot faster installed.

  • Martin

    How much RE power is now in Canada. besides hydro,, and how much in what province?

    • Steve Grinwis

      Why besides hydro?

      Ontario has about 3000 MW of wind, and 1200 MW solar.

      Peak consumption is around 27 GW.

      About 5% of our power comes from wind at this point, and growing rapidly.

    • Kevin McKinney

      Here’s the 2013 numbers for wind capacity in Canada:

      As you can see, Ontario has the largest capacity, but Quebec and Alberta also have significant amounts. The national total was about 9.2 GW.

      I didn’t find anything comparable for Canadian solar, but this story states:

      “There has been a lot of construction activity last summer, this summer in particular, and it will continue through 2015,” says John Gorman, president of the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CANSIA).

      “Our numbers show that by the end of the construction season next year, Ontario will have installed 2 gigawatts [2,000 megawatts] of solar, and the majority of that is utility scale.”

      And, at the very end:

      Alberta – with an aging fleet of coal-powered generation and an expanding population – may be the next province to add some some large-scale solar power. Private power developer GTE Power Corp. has plans for a $30-million, 15-megawatt project on 78 acres of land just outside of Brooks, Alta.

      GTE president Ian Rogers says solar can work well in Alberta’s merchant market for electricity, where the supply and demand at any particular time determines the price paid to power producers.

      A solar farm will generate its peak power in the middle of the day in the summer, when air conditioning demand is highest, and thus the rates paid to electricity generators top out. That helps to lift the average price received by a solar farm over the course of a year, Mr. Rogers said. At the same time, the cost of solar panels has dropped sharply, so it is now possible to build a solar farm in Alberta that can produce a “decent” investment return, he said.

      Indeed, Mr. Rogers said the per-watt capital costs for building his solar farm could work out to less than that of a new natural-gas-fired power plant.

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