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Micro Fit Pamphlet

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An overview of Ontario\'s MicroFIT renewable energy program

An overview of Ontario\'s MicroFIT renewable energy program


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  • 1. Ontario’s FIT and MicroFIT Program Rooftop Solar FIT and MicroFIT Programs Key Program Steps The Ontario government has recently started two feed-in-tariff programs. The programs pay owners of renewable electricity projects a premium price for electricity delivered to Ontario’s Program Registration and Application electricity grid. The FIT program is for large generation projects and the MicroFIT program is aimed at smaller projects. The objective of the government policy is to create new, distributed, renewable sources of electricity generation. The Conditional Contract Offer policy is particularly aimed at incenting small rooftop solar projects. The program pays for electricity at different rates depending on Project Construction the size and type of the project. Small rooftop solar projects are paid at the highest rate, 80.02 cents per kWh. The program offers a 20-year contract to purchase electricity at the guaranteed program price. PUC Connection In addition to the registration, application, and contractual aspects of the program, there are other requirements such as building inspections and approvals, ESA permit, valid PUC connection, and domestic content requirements. Final Contract With such a substantial premium on electricity prices, and with foreseeable transmission capacity issues it is not likely that the program will continue for a significant time – current prices under program contracts are not likely to be available for long. Project Overview • Program is a short-term incentive Rooftop solar projects under the provincial FIT and MicroFIT to encourage renewable energy programs are forms of distributed electricity generation – in other words they are small electricity plants. The projects are not connected to the electricity system of the building they are located • Rooftop solar projects are paid on. They exist independent of the building’s electrical system and highest premium on electricity do not change the building’s electricity consumption. • Program requirements include There four main elements of the system: 1) solar panels, 2) more than only construction and mounting system, 3) DC/AC inverter, 4) metered connection to electricity grid. connection With the rush to rooftop solar in Ontario, there are a variety of • Balancing cost-effectiveness and manufacturers to choose from when designing a project. There are performance is critical in a a variety of types and sizes of solar panels, mounting systems, and growing competitive market inverters that will impact both project costs and revenues. Solar panels carry a 25 year warranty and balancing performance and cost-effectiveness is critical. As an example, mono-crystalline solar panels will yield more electricity but are likely more expensive than lower-yielding poly-crystalline panels. RAYSTONE ENVIRONMENTAL
  • 2. Ontario’s MicroFIT Program Rooftop Solar Project Costs and Revenues Estimated 10kW Rooftop Solar Project Monthly Revenues A typical 10kW rooftop solar project can cost around $70,000 to supply $1,600.00 and install plus any necessary $1,400.00 Estimated Monthly Revenue expenses. Financing at a 5% interest rate over 10 years, yields a monthly $1,200.00 payment of just under $750. Average Monthly Revenue Dollars $ $1,000.00 Using Natural Resources Canada Monthly Profits During Financing Period estimates, the same project located $800.00 in Sault Ste. Marie is estimated to $600.00 Monthly Financing Payment generate about 15,000kWh of electricity per year at peak efficiency. This is an annual revenues of up to $400.00 $12,000 with an average monthly $200.00 revenue of about $1,000. $0.00 System costs are paid off in typically Jan Feb Mar Apr May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec 6-10 years depending on total project cost and any costs from financing. Return on investment over the life of Estimated 10kW Rooftop Solar Project Annual Revenues the 20-year contract is upwards of 250% with the project revenues $300,000.00 estimated at close to $250,000 over $250,000.00 the life of the contract. $200,000.00 • 20-year contract at Dollars $ $150,000.00 guaranteed price $100,000.00 • Revenue will help offset $50,000.00 rising Ontario electricity prices $0.00 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 • Sound investment with Years relatively short return on Remaining Financed Debt Cumulative Revenues investment What Graystone Environmental Provides Graystone Environmental provides clients with expert advice and trustworthy project management. Handling everything from application with the Province to final connection to the electricity grid, Graystone Environmental provide clients with turnkey renewable energy projects. Financing is available where clients wish to pay for the system over the first years of the project. Graystone Environmental helps clients ensure that they purchase type and size of equipment that is appropriate for their needs. Projects are installed using local, experienced, and reputable electrical contractors. Contact RAYSTONE Roxie Graystone (705) 255-2208 www.envconsult.ca ENVIRONMENTAL roxie.graystone@envconsult.ca