The Green Facts
  Ontario FIT
  FIT Eligibility
  FIT Procedures
What is the Feed-in Tariff Program?      

Ontario's feed-in tariff or FIT Program is North America's first comprehensive guaranteed pricing structure for renewable electricity production. It offers stable prices under long-term contracts for energy generated from renewable sources, including:

•landfill gas
•on-shore and off-shore wind
•solar photovoltaic (PV)

The FIT Program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 which was passed into law on May 14, 2009. The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for implementing the program.

By encouraging the development of renewable energy in Ontario, the FIT Program will:

•help Ontario phase out coal-fired electricity generation by 2014 - the largest climate change initiative in Canada
•boost economic activity and the development of renewable energy technologies
•create new green industries and jobs.

FIT Program Pricing      
  The Price Schedule      
The price schedule sets out the prices developers will be paid for the renewable energy produced by their FIT Program projects.      
Incenting Peak Production      
  Technologies that are not intermittent (i.e., dispatchable) are encouraged to shift production to peak periods when the electricity is most needed.      

Technologies that are not intermittent (i.e., dispatchable) are encouraged to shift production to peak periods when the electricity is most needed. Projects that use renewable biomass, biogas, landfill gas or waterpower as their renewable fuel will receive a time-differentiated price under the FIT contract.

Application of the peak performance factor will result in higher payments during peak hours and lower payments during off-peak hours. This is to encourage these projects to schedule their production during peak hours to the extent practicable.

The projects will be paid a rate that is 35 percent higher from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on business days and a rate that is 10 percent lower during off-peak hours (including weekends).

In summary, projects will earn the posted FIT price multiplied by:

• 1.35 for peak periods

• 0.9 for off-peak periods.

Projects that operate 24 hours a day every day of the year (24/7/365) will earn the same total revenue as they would if they had earned the posted FIT price

The Price Adder      
Certain projects are eligible to receive a payment ("price adder") in addition to the contract price.
  The following table sets out the price adders for Aboriginal and community-based projects.      

Maximum Aboriginal price adder and Maximum community price adder*

Renewable fuel 


Solar PV






Price Adder







Price Adder







  * The percentage of the maximum Aboriginal price adder or maximum community price adder added to the FIT contract price is based on the Aboriginal or community participation level as defined in the FIT Rules.      
  For example:      


50 to 100 percent control

eligible for the full price adder

40 to 49 percent control

eligible for 80 to 99 percent of the price adder

25 to 39 percent control

eligible for 50 to 79 percent of the price adder

10 to 24 percent control

eligible for 20 to 49 percent of the price adder

(10 percent is the minimum level required)

  For example, a 10 MW wind project with an Aboriginal participation level greater than 50 percent would be eligible to receive the FIT contract price of 13.5 cents/kWh, plus an additional 1.5 cents/kWh. This means that the total price would be 15 cents/kWh for this project.      
  More Info at: http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/      
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