Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Program
greater than 10kW)
The Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Program was introduced to encourage the generation of renewable energy. Replacing the Renewable Energy Standard
Offer Program (RESOP), the FIT program provides standardized program rules, guaranteed pricing structure and long-term contracts to
renewable energy developers for energy generated from renewable sources.
These renewable sources of energy include:
- solar photovoltaic (PV)
- wind power
- hydro/water power
- biomass and biogas
Connection Process Distribution-Connected Generators under FIT
Proponents may apply for a Pre-FIT Consultation for their project using Form A. Hydro One Brampton will assist proponents by providing
transformer station name, feeder designation, voltage, and point of common coupling.
A completed Form A - Pre-FIT Consultation Application can be emailed to:
or faxed to:
Technical Services Department - (905) 452-5542
The consultation process and the estimated turnaround times is provided below to assist prospective generators in their project planning.
||Estimated Turnaround Time
||Assist proponent to gather information necessary to apply for FIT, such as preliminary transmission
and distribution testing, broad cost-estimates, etc.
||Hydro One Brampton
||15 days upon the receipt of a completed Form A - Pre-FIT Consultation Application
|FIT Contract Application
||A process that is managed by the OPA for assessing applications and issuing FIT contracts.
||60 days upon completed OPA FIT application.
|Connection Impact Assessment (CIA)
||After the FIT contract has been awarded, the applicant files a CIA with Hydro One Brampton for a more formal
assessment of the impact of connecting the generator to the system. A System Impact Assessment (SIA) must be completed by the IESO for projects >10MW.
A very high-level connect cost assessment will be provided as part of the CIA package back to the applicant.
|Hydro One Brampton (and IESO if applicable)
||60 days upon the receipt of a completed
Form B - Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) Application.
Longer than 60 days if projects involve other LDC(s).
|Connection Cost Estimate (CCE)
||If the applicant requires a detailed connection cost assessment, the applicant can
complete a CCE.
||Hydro One Brampton
||90 days upon the receipt of a completed CCE study agreement by the generator. The CCE study
agreement and cost are included as part of the CIA package.
|Connection Cost Agreement (CCA)
||Once agreement of the scope and cost are reached, the generator is required to sign a Connection Cost
Agreement to recover the costs Hydro One Brampton will incur to connect the project to the distribution system.
||Hydro One Brampton
||6 months from the time the CIA is completed. The generator is required to complete a CCA study agreement
along with payment in order to initiate the CCA process. The CCA study agreement and payment information will be included as part of the CIA package.
|Engineering, Procurement and Construction
||After submitting the CCA and payment, detailed design and construction may begin. The
project in-service date will be set. Once all of the required work and approvals are completed, the Distribution Connection Agreement, signed by
Hydro One Brampton and the generator, provides an outline of the connection as well as the roles and responsibilities of each party.
||Hydro One Brampton
||The project in-service day will be determined at the project kick-off meeting which will take
place no later than 45 days after CCA execution.
Connection Impact Assessment (CIA)
A CIA is a more detailed assessment of a project's impact to the grid. The results include a technical report outlining project feasibility,
technical specifications needed for the project and the impacts the project would have on the distribution grid. CIA requests will only be accepted
for projects where an OPA FIT contract has been awarded.
The generator is required to submit a completed Photovoltaic Cell Array Description and
Form B - Connection Impact Assessment (CIA) Application, payment for the Connection Impact Assessment
and a signed Study Agreement.
Download the CIA Study Agreement
A complete CIA application consists of:
NOTE: All technical submissions (Form B, single line diagrams, etc.) for projects greater than 10 kW must be signed and sealed by a licensed
Ontario Professional Engineer (P.ENG).
- Completed and signed CIA Form
- Deposit in full by cheque or money order payable to "Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc." (see Connection Impact Assessment Fee Schedule below)
- Signed Study Agreement
- Single Line Diagram (SLD)
|Net Metering Projects
|| >10 kW and 500 kW
(except Net Metering)
|a) 250 kW connected on distribution system voltage <15 kV
b) 500 kW connected on distribution system voltage 15 kV
|| >500 kW but 10 MW connected on distribution system voltage 15 kV
|| >10 MW
- The above quotation is an estimate only
- Refund policy: cost not spent will be refunded if the CIA is withdrawn before completion
- An additional $10,000 will be required for a project that involves another LDC or Hydro One Networks Inc. (this does not apply to Net Metering
- Please add 13% HST to all fees quoted above
Capacity Allocation Exempt Generation
An embedded generation facility which is not a micro-embedded generation facility, and which has a nameplate-rated capacity of:
- 250 kW or less when connected to a Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. feeder rated at less than 15 kV
- 500 kW or less in the case of a facility connected to a 15 kV or greater Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. line
Non-Capacity Allocation Exempt Generation
An embedded generation facility which has a nameplate-rated capacity of:
NOTE: If the proposed generating capacity is greater than 10 MW, a System Impact Assessment must be completed by the Independent Electricity
System Operator (IESO).
- greater than 500 kW when connected to a Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc. feeder rated at greater than 15 kV, but is less than
10 MW in capacity
Series Metering Configuration
Please be advised that Measurement Canada does not approve metering installation configurations that include series connected revenue
metering. While the Electrical Distributors Association is actively working (on behalf of all local electric utilities) with Measurement Canada
on this item, at this time, Hydro One Brampton will only proceed with projects that incorporate a parallel metering configuration.
For more information on the connection of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) generation into Hydro One Brampton Network Inc.'s distribution system,
please contact us via:
Phone: (905) 840-6300 ext. 3550
or email: fitmicrofit@HydroOneBrampton.com