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Commercial PV

Commercial - Industrial Solar Electricity / Photo Voltaics (PV)

Note: businesses and commercial buildings are not eligible for a MicroFIT system if they are not owned & operated by an individual(s) - not a company...

Solar electric systems have gone from having a 100+ year payback to having a 8 to 10 year payback. For most businesses this will mean that they are still not viable from an economic-return point of view. Having said that, some companies see a greater value in the public-relations value of installing a solar electric system - because it projects an image of "green" & "progressive" etc. to the public.

The Ontario government has charged the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) (Note: now the IESO - Independent Electricity System Operator) with the task of overseeing the installation of solar electric systems for residences, commercial operations and industrial-sized projects. For solar PV systems smaller the 10 Kilowatts, the program that applies is the Micro-FIT program. For solar PV systems larger than 10 Kilowatts - to a maximum of 10 Megawatts, the program is the FIT program. (FIT stands for F.eed I.n T.ariff - all of electricity generated is fed back into the Ontario electrical grid). A contract is signed with the OPA that stipulates that the IESO must buy the electricity generated from the solar system at a specified rate for a period of 20 years. The rate that is paid is dependent upon how large the peak capacity of the system is (in Kilowatts) and where it is mounted. Roof-mounted systems get better rates than ground-mounted systems.

Update: March 2012

Rates paid for PV have all been revised downwards. The new rates are:

For roof-top MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 54.9 cents per Kwhr - down from 80.2

Ground-mounted MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 44.5 cents per Kwhr - down from 64.2

The rates for all other sizes of systems have all dropped for PV and wind.

the rates for other types of renewable power (biogas & water) remain unchanged

Update August 26, 2013

Rates paid for PV have all been revised downwards. The new rates are:

For roof-top MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 39.6 cents per Kwhr - down from 54.9

Ground-mounted MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 29.1 cents per Kwhr - down from 44.5

The rates for all other sizes of PV systems have also dropped. Wind's rates didn't

change. Biomass & Biogas increased (except for Landfill Biogas - it went down by

31%).

Numerous other changes have occured to the rules and limitations governing what may or may not be done. For example: Buildings less than 2 years old are not eligible to support roof-mounted PV systems. Check with the IESO for  complete information on the new rules.

Update September 30, 2014

Rates paid for PV have been revised downwards. The new rates are effective January 1, 2015.

For roof-top MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 38.4 cents per Kwhr - down from 39.6

Ground-mounted MicroFit (under 10 Kw) 28.9 cents per Kwhr - down from 29.1

Update May 17, 2016

Rates paid for PV have been revised downwards. The new rates were effective January 1, 2016.

For roof-top MicroFit (under 10 Kw) to 29.4 cents per Kwhr - down from 38.4

Ground-mounted MicroFit (under 10 Kw) to 21.4 cents per Kwhr - down from 29.4

Update June 21, 2016

MicroFIT reopened with new rules. Applications must now be notarized before being submitted. Rates stay the same until December 31st. New category-rate for MicroFIT PV systems 6 Kw and under. Pays 31.3 cents per Kwhr for roof mounted only.

Large FIT (for PV & wind systems larger than 500 Kw) program suspended.

Note: rates change again (drop) January 1, 2017. Program over December 31, 2017.