Tariff Roof-Top Ground-Based BIPV Term
Canada
Ontario <10kW =$0.8241
>10 - 250kW =$0.7295
>250kW-500kW =$0.6485
>500kW =$0.5539
<10kW =$0.662
>10MW =$0.4593
20 years
Ontario, the largest province in Canada by population, has such a generous FiT scheme that it is fast becoming one of the largest solar energy generators in the world!

Updates

Update May 01, 2013

The World Trade Organization (WTO) rejected Canada’s appeal and upheld its own ruling that Ontario’s domestic content policy violates global trade rules.

Following complaints from Japan, the WTO earlier this year ruled that the Canadian's province's policy that 60% of a solar or wind project's equipment or services must be locally sourced unfairly discriminated against outside companies.

Japan’s cross appeal claiming Ontario was in receipt of illegal subsidies from its government, filed a week after Canada’s appeal, has also been rejected by the WTO.

Update Feb 01, 2013

Canada has appealed against a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on 8 February, 2013  that a local content policy within the province of Ontario’s feed-in tariff (FiT) violates global trade rules. The WTO’s appellate body, which is reviewing the case, will take up to three months to conclude its investigation. Ontario’s FiT requires up to 60% of a solar or wind project’s equipment or services to come from Ontario-based companies in order to qualify.

Update Dec 01, 2012

The Canadian province of Ontario has been charged with violating World Trade Organization rules through its domestic content tariffs. Ontario has two separate feed-in tariffs for solar PV projects of 10kW and 10MW.

The Ontarian government aims to have over 10GW of installed capacity in renewable energy by 2030. 

Update Nov 01, 2012

The Ontario Ministry of Energy has directed the Ontario Power Authority to continue the province’s feed-in tariff and microFiT programmes, further to the draft bill released in August, 2012.

Update Oct 01, 2012

The World Trade Organization (WTO) is ruling against Ontario’s feed-in tariff that violates WTO non-discrimination policy. In 2010, Japan and the European Union brought complaints against Ontario’s domestic content policy because they claimed it was illegal under the Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) and the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS).

Update Jun 01, 2012

Earlier in April 2012, the Ontario Power Authorities released a review of the draft microFiT and FiT 2.0 rules and contract documents in order to implement revised feed-in tariff stipulations. Prices for rooftop installations are expected to be cut by 31.5%. The price for rooftop microFIT projects (≤ 10 kW) would be reduced to CAD$0.549/kWh, with the maximum microFIT system size not greater than 10kW.

Update May 01, 2012

In reference to the previous review, published on 6 April 2012, the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), submitted its recommendations for amendments in order for the government and the industry to reach a mutually beneficial feed-in tariff.

Update Mar 01, 2012

The World Trade Organization in Geneva was the setting for the landmark case against Canada. A Canadian FiT programme is acting as a governmental procurement and aims to ensure affordable clean energy generation. However, Canada exempts from international agreements.

The government sent an update of its two year FiT review. The changes to Ontario’s renewable energy scheme includes a 20% cut to the FiT for solar and a 15% cut to wind power. All other renewables will remain at the current level. Tariffs will be adjusted annually each November and will take effect on January 1 the following year, inline with market conditions.

Update Jan 01, 2010

The Government of Ontario, Canada, announced back in March 2009 plans for renewable energy and in particular a feed-in tariff (FiT) for the region. These plans have now been finalized, as the government announces that it will proceed as planned.

The FiT program is a critical element of the government's Green Energy and Green Economy Act. This is the "green light that clean-technology companies and potential customers across Ontario have been awaiting. It will launch a surge of clean-energy projects ranging from small, residential installations to industrial and utility-scale generating systems," said Ian MacLellan, President of ARISE Technologies Corporation's Systems Division.

ARISE is among the clean-technology companies that expect to benefit from the new FiT program, which replaces the government's previous Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP).

This announcement brings in to action the first FiT program in North America. The Ontario program is expected to become a model for other provinces, states, and municipalities to follow. It should also make way for an increase in development and innovation, leading to green job opportunities in the region.
Due to the scheme’s generousness, many installations have been registered under the feed-in tariff, with Ontario becoming one of the largest solar energy produces in the world.

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