Late last week, the OPA finally released its policy addressing relocation of MicroFIT projects that have been in limbo due to capacity constraints on local infrastructure. Read the policy here. The majority of these projects have been impacted by Hydro One’s TIRs, specifically its “7% rule” located in section 5.3.2 of the TIR.
The options are as follows:
1) Relocate to a new location
2) Assign the conditional offer to another constrained applicant
3) Combine an applicant’s multiple small projects under a Power Purchase Agreement
There is a fourth option addressing projects already built but those details are yet to be announced.
In order to qualify for these options, the application must have been submitted before December 8, 2010 and a condition contract must have been valid on August 19, 2011. The Applicant must also have requested authorization from the local distribution company to connect the project by August 19, 2011.
In order to access these options, applicants must submit a form to the OPA along with all supporting documentation, on or before May 31, 2012. All submissions must be accompanied by a letter from the local distribution company evidencing that the request to connect was denied.
For more information or for help exercising your options for capacity constrained projects, contact Graystone Environmental at (613) 862-0551 or firstname.lastname@example.org.