Ontario’s Green Energy Act is making it easier for people and organizations to develop renewable energy projects. New processes and programs are helping Ontario become a North American leader in attracting clean energy projects and green jobs. These include:
- provincewide standards for renewable energy projects, such as standardized setback requirements for wind farms
- a streamlined approvals process with service guarantees for renewable energy projects while ensuring that high safety and environmental standards are met
- a Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program that guarantees specific rates for energy generated from renewable sources.
To assist in developing new renewable energy projects, the province has established the Renewable Energy Facilitation Office (REFO), a one-window access point for where individuals, communities and municipalities with projects of all sizes can obtain information and connect with the appropriate government and agency resources.
If you are thinking about a renewable energy project but are unsure of what’s involved, then REFO is a good starting point for you. Contact REFO by e-mail at REFO@ontario.ca or by phone at 1-877-440-7336 (416-212-6582 within the GTA.) While inquiries can be directed to the office at any time, a REFO advisor is available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm EST.