Ontario Solar Farm Projects Subject to New Regulations

Posted by Admin on August 24, 2012

“The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) launched the next phase of the province’s Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) program.

The most notable change affecting farmers wishing to apply for a FIT project on their farm is a new regulation regarding land classification types. The version 2.0 policy document has tightened limitations for solar projects and solar farms will no longer be allowed on Class 3 or organic soils. This change is in addition to Class 1 and 2 agriculture soil types that don’t allow ground-mounted solar projects.

Other changes were made to project priorities. The new point’s system also takes into consideration factors such as municipal support, aboriginal support, project readiness.  Of course, available grid capacity for the project based on existing electrical infrastructure remains a substantial challenge in many areas.”

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FIT Programs As Key Driver For Solar Development in North America

Posted by Admin on August 17, 2012

Both the government of Japan and the Los Angeles municipal utility, launched new feed-in tariffs (FITs) in 2012. Other jurisdictions that have already implemented FIT programs include Calefornia, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, Ontario, Spain and Germany.

FITs generally require that all electricity output from the solar facility be fed into the grid. By contrast, under net-metering arrangments, the utility bills the customer for net energy usage. There are jurisdictions that offer both FIT and Net-Metering programs such as California, Hawaii, Vermont, Washington and Ontario. In Ontario one may have both a FIT project and a net-metering project on the same property.

FITs are particularly attractive to solar developers in jurisdictions where the FIT price is higher than the retail rate of electricity, such as in Vermont, Ontario and Japan.

Jurisdiction Maximum Project Size Pricing Mechanism
Washington 2MW Fixed-price based on average cost of generation plus 10% rate of return
Vermont 2.2MW Fixed-Price but adopting market-based mechanism by 2013
Hawaii 5MW Fixed-Price
Japan 10MW Fixed-Price with annual adjustment
Ontario 10MW Fixed-Price
Germany 10MW Fixed-Price with annual declines

For more information on Ontario’s FIT program click here.

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Coming to your neighborhood in 2020 – SMART homes!

Posted by Admin on March 6, 2012

Ever wondered what does “smart home” mean? Have you ever thought what kind of new appliances and gadgets your house will have by 2030?

Check out fun and interactive tool which was developed by the Ontario Smart Grid forum – Ontario’s Smart Home Road map - it shows modernization process of our electricity system.

The most part we like about it? You guessed it – solar roofs! But wait, you don’t have to wait until 2020 to get them – contact us today to find out benefits of using solar energy for your household!

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Ontario won’t alter local content in green-energy

Posted by Admin on February 23, 2012

n an interview with Reuters, Energy Minister Chris Bentley said the review will be complete by the end of March, and, as has been widely expected, will recommend cuts in generous government subsidies for the production of green energy. Bentley would not say how big the cuts will be, however.

“I am working really hard to get it done in the first quarter… I know people are anxious,” he said.

The centerpiece of the program is the feed-in tariff (FIT), a plan similar to ones in Germany and Spain that pays above-market rates to producers of renewable energy from sources such as the sun, wind and biomass.

The province says the FIT program, which pays some of the world’s richest rates to solar power producers, has attracted investment commitments of C$26 billion ($26 billion) and created more than 20,000 jobs.

Central to the FIT program’s job-creating strategy are local content rules, which require projects that want FIT financial support to source 50-60 percent of their equipment and services in Ontario.

Bentley said the requirement would not be tampered with in the review. “We are committed to those rules,” he said.

Bentley confirmed widespread expectations that FIT rates will be cut because the costs of raw materials and manufactured components have fallen. He declined to comment on which types of renewable energy will face rate reductions and by how much.

“We are anticipating changes to the pricing because the cost of solar modules have dropped considerably,” National Bank Financial analyst Rupert Merer said.

In a recent report, Merer said solar module prices have crashed from close to C$4 per watt to as low as C$1 per watt in the more than two years since the FIT was set up.

He said the province was “absolutely looking” at adding new technologies, such as energy storage or small wind projects, to the FIT program. Wind energy is covered by the program but all projects receive the same rate, unlike solar, where small projects are paid higher rates.

Nuclear power will continue to generate 50 percent of Ontario’s power, Bentley said, despite plans by several European countries, including Germany and Belgium, to exit nuclear after the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

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New Report Calls For More Aggressive Renewable Energy Targets In Ontario

Posted by Admin on December 20, 2011

“The Green Energy Act Alliance and the Shine Ontario Association have released a report calling for more aggressive targets for renewable energy in Ontario in order to put the Canadian province on the same footing as other world-leading jurisdictions like California and Germany.

The report – “Ontario Feed-in Tariff 2011 Review: More Jobs, Affordable, Clean Energy, and a Brighter Future for Ontario” – is being submitted in response to the government’s two-year feed-in tariff (FIT) review process. Its goal is to ensure that new green jobs continue to be created, that Ontario residents be given more opportunities to participate in community renewable energy projects, and that FIT prices be reduced in 2012 for new projects to reflect the success of Ontario’s burgeoning solar industry and the reduction in solar prices globally.

In addition, the report proposes that the government keep the integrity and critical components of the FIT and microFIT programs, while introducing a transparent and regular process to reduce FIT prices. Another target is to install the contracted but not yet built projects, better communicate the benefits of the FIT program and involve local communities.

Targets are also recommended to ensure that local residents and municipalities are given an opportunity to participate in local, community-owned projects.

“We are calling on Ontario to adopt aggressive targets for new renewable energy that will create a sustainable workforce while giving more Ontario communities the opportunity to develop, own and invest directly in green energy projects,” says Deborah Doncaster, executive director of the Community Power Fund. “Everyone in Ontario should have the opportunity to benefit from the FIT program. In particular, we are asking that 500 MW be set aside for community and aboriginal power.”

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Price review clouds outlook for solar firms

Posted by Admin on November 8, 2011

“A review of prices for renewable energy projects has brought some solar power businesses to a halt, industry players say. While the review was expected, they say the delay in announcing new prices until January has left them unable to tell prospective customers what they’ll earn if they invest in solar equipment.

“It puts the entire industry in limbo,” said Gord Siple of Sourcetec Energy in Mississauga. It was no secret that the prices would be reviewed: A review after two years was promised when the program was announced. But Siple says that because the review won’t be completed until some time the New Year, his company’s hands are now tied for months. The province says it will gather feedback on prices until Dec. 14, and then announce new prices in the New Year.

Daniel Levitan, a staffer in the office of energy minister Chris Bentley, said the same officials at the Ontario Power Authority who are conducting the price review would normally be processing applications for solar power, and simply don’t have time to do both.

The ministry and power authority will also be considering ways for reviewing prices in future to minimize the impact on the industry, he said.“This is a necessary part of the program to make sure it’s sustainable,” he said.

Kris Steven of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association said it would help some firms if there were some way of bridging the transition period. “There could be an announcement of some projects between now and then to keep things going,” he said. “There could be an interim price.”

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The Markham Home Show 2011!

Posted by Admin on October 15, 2011

Logitest Solar Team invites you to The Markham Home Show! Enjoy a large selection of exhibits, products and services for your home. With over 100 exhibitors, food, prizes and celebrity speakers, the Fall show is a big hit! Guests get to try new products first-hand, compare services, get free samples and enter draws to win great prizes!

Please visit us at the Fall Markham Home Show THIS weekend, October 15&16, 2011.  The show will be held at the Markham Fair Grounds. Logitest Solar Inc. will be in Building Two, booth #205.

If you are interested in PV Solar Systems or Feed-In Tariff Program, or just would like to find out more information about solar power in general, please come and meet our staff at a fun atmosphere.

See you at the show!

Please print this E-ticket for complimentary admission to the show.

Locke Street Festival!

Posted by Admin on September 8, 2011

Join Logitest Solar Inc. on the 2011 Locke Street Festival!

Don`t miss the opportunity to have a fun-filled day for the whole family with live entertainment, street vendors and food! Locke Street will be closed from Stanley north to Hunter, with more than 170 vendors taking part.

A stage set up in front of the West Town bar will feature live music throughout the day from some of the city’s top acts, including Juno winner Tomi Swick and bluesmen Harrison Kennedy and Steve Strongman.

The 2011 Festival will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2011 starting at 10:00am.

We will be happy to see you near our booth # 11 to talk about solar energy and answer all of your questions about Feed-in-tariff program!

See you at the festival!

Do not delay on your microFIT solar project!

Posted by Admin on September 1, 2011

There is a mandatory two-year review of the Feed-In Tariff Program, but the date for this review has not yet been announced.  At this point, prices for microFIT programs remain the same.

Solar PV Projects microFIT tariffs

Rooftop ≤10kW $0.802/kWh
Ground-mounted ≤10kW $0.64.2/kWh

Logitest Solar Inc offers the initial assessment at the cost of $985 plus HST, which includes the following:

1. Solar Map – calculation of an average solar system annual income using modern technology such as Solar Pathfinder

2. Initial Engineer Assessment – a report from certified engineer whether the roof will support solar modules and quantity or not.

3. Local Distributor Company (LDC) applications – Logitest Solar will prepare all required documentation such as BCC DX Generation Connection Form, Micro-Embedded Generation Facility Connection Agreement, Form “C”, Form “B” etc)

4. Ontario Power Authority (OPA) application – Logitest Solar will prepare initial OPA application. When you apply before the mandatory review date, you may receive a conditional offer from OPA with old tariff rates applied.

Do not delay to receive the maximum microFIT tariffs possible. Sign up to receive your initial assessment and it will be completed within 2-4 weeks from the date we receive a payment.  Call us today to book the assessment (416) 479-3555 or email: info@logitestsolar.ca

Big on Bloor Festival 2011

Posted by Admin on July 19, 2011

Logitest Solar would like to invite you to Bloordale BIG on Bloor Festival!

BIG on Bloor Festival, Bloor Street celebrates local business, community, arts and culture with a unique community and city-building festival featuring hundreds of events, activities and exhibitions.

Join us on Saturday July 23rd, 2011 on Bloor St West, from Dufferin St to Lansdowne Ave.

If you are interested in PV Solar Systems or Feed-In Tariff Program, or just would like to find out more information about solar power in general, please come and meet our staff at a fun atmosphere. We will be happy to meet everyone of you in person!

See you at the show!

For directions on how to get there please refer to their website.

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