Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) was launched in 2009 to encourage the development of renewable energy technology, attract investment and create new clean energy jobs in Ontario. The program is helping Ontario meet its goals for improving air quality and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, including the phasing out of coal-fired generation in 2014.
In 2012, the government released the FIT Two-Year Review Report and announced a number of changes to the FIT program. The review allowed us to take stock and strengthen the program to ensure its continued success.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) has implemented these changes for both the FIT and microFIT programs. These changes will ensure the long-term sustainability of renewable energy while creating even more jobs, lowering prices and giving communities a greater say.
Ontario remains committed to building a clean, modern and reliable electricity system and continues to encourage innovative opportunities for efficient generation projects. The enhancements to the FIT program support the ongoing development of energy initiatives that will move the province toward a clean energy future.
For detailed information on Ontario’s FIT and microFIT programs, please visit the Independent Electricity System Operator’s FIT and microFIT websites or call 1-888-387-3403.
About the Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program
The Ontario Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program allows homeowners, communities, 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.
The FIT program, administered by the Independent Electricity System Operator, is the first comprehensive feed-in tariff program in North America. It is divided into two streams depending on the number of kilowatts of electricity that can be generated by a project.
The FIT program is available for renewable energy projects greater than 10 kilowatts and generally up to 500 kilowatts. It is open to all types of generators, including developers, co-operatives, municipalities and Aboriginal communities.
The microFIT program is for renewable energy projects of 10 kilowatts or less. This program is of interest to homeowners and farmers as well as institutions, such as schools and places of worship.