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OPA releases their proposed rules for new microFIT program

The Ontario Power Authority has released their proposed rules for the new MicroFIT program. The new rules contain some drastic changes that will affect all applications going forward and all applications that were submited to the OPA as of September 1st, 2011. The OPA is expected to release a concrete set of rules on May 7th, 2012.

Below is an outline of some of the important changes made to the program:

1. If more than one person owns the title to the property on which the project is to be located, the OPA microFIT application MUST go into ALL names of the legal property owners. For example, it can no longer be in just a wife’s name because she may be the lower income holder. In addition, this means that the wife could not be on the application if she is not a legal property owner.

2. Individuals and farmers, as defined in the Eligible Participant Schedule, may only have one microFIT Project and may not have multiple applications active at one time. This is regardless of whether or not the project or application is in respect to separate properties.

3. The OPA will review the microFIT program annually with a cut off date of December 31st of that year. All applications will be subject to new microFIT rules and price as of January 1st of the next year.

4. The OPA is setting up an Annual Procurement Limit which means that applications that exceed this limit will not be able to move forward with their installation that year. At the end of each year (December 31st) all applications that fall outside the Annual Procurement Limit will be terminated and the application will have to be reapplied for.

Click here to read the full OPA microFIT rules booklet.

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