Leading North America in Clean Renewable Energy
Ontario has established itself as a renewable energy leader, creating thousands of jobs and a growing clean energy economy.
- 1st jurisdiction in North America to phase out coal.
- 1st jurisdiction in North America to legislate a Green Energy Act and comprehensive feed-in tariff program.
As a result Ontario is a leader in climate reduction initiatives.
It is critical that the government of Ontario continues to build upon this success.
Let your provincial candidates know that you support Ontario’s continued leadership with programs like the Green Energy Act.
Ontario Has Taken a Leadership Position
In 2009, to attract investment and jobs in the emerging renewable energy industry, Ontario passed the Green Energy and Economy Act. It also introduced a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program – an established price that is paid for renewable power. Germany, France, Japan, China and many other countries use FIT programs to successfully develop their renewable energy industries.
Ontario’s FIT is internationally recognized as North America's most successful renewable energy program. We are the first jurisdiction on the continent to establish such effective renewable energy incentives.
Our Renewable Energy Program is Working
The FIT program allows everyone, from citizens and small businesses to hydro companies and commercial developers to build and own their projects.
The FIT program results to date are impressive:
- Attracting $21 billion in investment
- 20,000 new jobs
- 26,000 farmers and homeowners developing and owning small solar projects
- 58 new manufacturing facilities
- 1,000+ community-based and aboriginal projects
- One of the world's largest solar plants, in Sarnia (80MW).
About FIT Program Rates
The initial 80¢ set at the initiation of the feed-In-program was misunderstood. It was paid for electricity from small solar projects (microFIT – under 10kWh), typically to homeowners, farmers and small businesses. Lower FIT rates are paid for larger commercial scale wind and solar generation projects. FIT rates are scheduled for periodic and significant reductions as the costs of solar and wind technology drop. The FIT program adds only about $1.50 to the average monthly household electricity bill, while the microFIT portion of the program represents less than a fraction of 1¢.