Ontario expects to issue a request for qualification (RFQ) by early June in advance of a 540MW call for renewable energy.The large renewable energy procurement (LRP) program replaces the feed-in tariff regime that was cancelled in 2013. Onshore wind, solar, biogas and hydroelectric projects may participate.
The Ontario Power Authority has posted the draft RFQ for stakeholder review and comment. It intends to launch the RFQ by 9 June and submissions will be due by 21 August. Qualified applicants will be notified by 4 November.The province plans to run two procurements. The OPA anticipates issuing the first 540MW call in January 2015 with winners selected in August of that year.
A second call is planned to kick off in April 2016 with winners announced that September. A third procurement will be held if any capacity remains.In each round the province seeks 300MW of wind, 140MW of solar and 50MW of bioenergy plus 50MW of hydroelectric in round one and 45MW in round two.