Ontario expects to issue a request for proposals for 540MW of renewable energy in early 2015 with winners announced in July of that year. It plans to procure 300MW of wind, 140MW solar, 50MW bioenergy and 50MW of hydro-electric capacity.
The Ontario Power Authority will continue stakeholder consultation over the next few months as it designs a new competitive bid process to replace the feed-in tariff program for projects larger than 500kW.
Developers will be required to pre-qualify in order to submit bids, the OPA said yesterday in an update on the Large Renewables Procurement (LRP). It aims to post a draft request for qualifications in March 2014 for stakeholder review. The final RFQ is to run from June to September 2014.
The agency expects to release an RFP in January 2015 with bids due in May of that year. Eligible projects must use existing transmission and the procurement is limited to areas that have sufficient connection availability, said the OPA. Read article