Canada Solar FIT Program

Ontario Power Authority Feed in Tariff program logo

Since October 2009, as part of the Ontario Power Authority Feed-in Tariff Program, Ameresco has worked with school dsctircts, colleges, universities, private businesses and municipalities to develop solar power with reduced risk, low up-front costs and reliable long term revenue streams.

The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has developed the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program in the Province of Ontario to encourage and promote greater use of renewable energy surces, including solar photovoltaic (PV), for electricity generation in Ontario. The FIT Program is a comprehensive pricing structure that provides the owner of renewable energy systems with a fixed, 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) at a guaranteed price. The PPA allows public and private organizations to pursue solar energy projects, secure financing and guarantee returns through the sale of electrical energy back to the power grid, at a fixed premium rate.

Reap the Rewards

  • Annual revenue stream over 20 years through the lease of unused space at no cost to you
  • Potential sites include Non-Agricultural Land and Building Roofs
  • Participate in feceral and provincial intiativesto reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Interactive educational benefits such as web-based real-timeand historical energy generation data reporting school curricula and lesson plans for various grade levels
  • Connect with community members wh support sustainable environmental stewardship
  • Gain recognition for sustainable developmentand reduced carbon footprint

Reduce the Risk

With 32 Ontario FIT Solar projects completed to date and over 50 MW of aggregate solar development completed across North America, a partnership with Ameresco reduces the risk of solar development as we offer full in house engineering, design, construction management, maintenance, monitoring and verification. Ameresco also offers a no-risk option where we fully own the solar asset for the 20-year term of the FIT Program and pay a fixed annual lease to the land owner.

Ameresco meets all requirements set out by the OPA, and has extensive experience in creating and operating solar systems for public and private entities. Ameresco supports and guides you through the program, including:

  • FIT Application submissions, contract management, OPA relationships and due diligence
  • Project design, permit applications, procurement, construction/installation, maintenance and ongoing verification of energy output
  • Project captial and financing, leveraging Ameresco’s strong bankability as a solar developer