Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) Program
For Generation Greater Than 10 Kilowatts (kW)
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.
- 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 the online webform to complete a Form A submission. Alectra Utilities (formerly Hydro One Brampton Networks Inc.) will assist proponents by providing transformer station name, feeder designation, voltage, and point of common coupling.
Please complete the online webform to submit a Form A - Pre-FIT Consultation Application
The consultation process and the estimated turnaround times is provided below to assist prospective generators in their project planning.
|Phases||Purpose||Process Leader||Estimated Turnaround Time|
|Pre-FIT Consultation||Assist proponent to gather information necessary to apply for FIT, such as preliminary transmission and distribution testing, broad cost estimates, etc.||Alectra Utilities||15 days upon completion of
Form A - Pre_FIT Consultation Application
|Pre-FIT Application||A process that is managed by the IESO for assessing applications and issuing FIT contracts.||IESO||60 days upon completed IESO 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 over 10 MW
A very high-level connect cost assessment will be provided as part of the CIA package back to the applicant.
|Alectra Utilities (and the 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.||Alectra Utilities||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 Cost Connection Agreement to recover the costs Alectra Utilities will incur to connect the project to the distribution system.||Alectra Utilities||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 Alectra Utilities and the generator, provides an outline of the connection as well as the roles and responsibilities of each party.||Alectra Utilities||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 IESO 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:
- Completed and signed CIA Form
- Deposit in full by cheque or money order payable to "Alectra Utilities Corporation" (see Connection Impact Assessment Fee Schedule below)
- Signed Study Agreement
- Single Line Diagram (SLD)
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).
|Project Type||Project Size||Cost**|
|Net Metering Projects||Greater than 10 kW and less than or equal to 500 kW||$5,000|
|Small Projects (except Net Metering)||a) Less than or equal to 250 kW connected on distribution system voltage less than 15 kV
b) Less than or equal to 500 kW connected on distribution system voltage greater than or equal to 15 kV
|Mid-Size Projects||Greater than 500 kW but less than or equal to 10 MW connected on distribution system voltage greater than or equal to 15 kV||$7,000|
|Large Projects||Greater than 10 MW||$8,000|
- 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 Projects)
- 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 Alectra Utilities feeder rated at less than 15 kV
- 500 kW or less in the case of a facility connected to a 15 kV or greater Alectra Utilities line
Non-Capacity Allocation Exempt Generation
An embedded generation facility which has a nameplate-rated capacity of:
- greater than 500 kW when connected to a Alectra Utilities feeder rated at greater than 15 kV, but is less than 10 MW in capacity
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).
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, Alectra Utilities will only proceed with projects that incorporate a parallel metering configuration.
For more information on the connection of Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) generation into Alectra Utilities' distribution system, please contact us at:
(905) 840-6300 ext. 3370 or email fitmicrofit@HydroOneBrampton.com
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