Energy Savings & Conservation

microFIT (Feed in Tariff)

GENERATION RESTRICTION NOTICE

On May 15th, 2014, Brantford Power Inc. received notice from Hydro One of a generation restriction on the Brantford Transformer Station Z bus, effective May 1st, 2014.  Hydro One’s monthly review of the Brantford Transformer Station has identified a short circuit limitation resulting in the restriction of future connection of all generation including, but not limited to, MicroFit and FIT generators.

For a map of feeders affected by the Hydro One restriction please see Brantford Transformer Station Z bus restrictions.  Note all even numbered Brantford Transformer Station feeders are included in the restriction.

To view the restriction notice from Hydro One please see Hydro One Restricted Station Notification.

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If you’re a homeowner, farmer or small-business owner, you have the opportunity to develop a renewable-electricity generation project on your property and sell your generated energy back to the grid. The Feed-in Tariff is a pricing structure that lists the prices paid for different types of renewable energy that includes:

  • Solar
  • Biomass
  • Biogas
  • Landfill gas
  • Water

There are two levels within the program.

MicroFIT is for smaller projects – 10 kW or less

FIT is for larger energy projects – more than 10kW. Learn more about FIT

Brantford Power’s Involvement:

Brantford Power is responsible for connecting FIT and MicroFIT projects to Brantford Power’s distribution system which is connected to Ontario’s energy transmission system. We review and approve the connection of renewable energy projects to Brantford Power’s distribution system.

Ontario Power Authority’s Involvement (OPA):

The Feed-in Tariff is managed by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). Under the MicroFIT program, you will be paid a guaranteed, premium price for all the electricity your project produces for at least 20 years.

Participants must register with the OPA, find the right equipment supplier to install the project and then connect their project via Brantford Power.

The MicroFIT Connection Process:

1. Obtain Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Approval

Contact the OPA, register, and then complete a MicroFIT application. The OPA provides a detailed instruction process, along with the appropriate applications to get the project started, on its website.  Once the application has been reviewed and accepted by the OPA, you will be provided with a 7-digit FIT reference number that is unique to your project. This number must be referred to in all communications with Brantford Power regarding your project.

2. Request to Connect 

Once a pending offer has been received from the OPA, the applicant must request to connect to Brantford Power’s electrical system.   A Micro Generation Connection Application Form must be completed and submitted to Brantford Power.

3. Connection Cost Estimate

Once your completed application has been received, and your OPA application has progressed to the “Pending LDC Offer to Connect” stage, Brantford Power will assess your application.  A Brantford Power Inspector will visit the site of your project to determine the appropriate location for our meter.  Brantford Power will then issue the “Offer to Connect”, a Connection Cost Estimate and a Micro Generation Facility Connection Agreement or will deny the connection if there is no capacity to connect the project.

4. Contracting with Brantford Power

After you have signed and returned the Micro Generation Connection Agreement along with the connection cost deposit to Brantford Power, construction of your project may begin.

5. Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) Inspection

After project installation, the applicant will need to schedule and complete a safety inspection with the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA). The ESA sends Brantford Power a copy of the final inspection certificate.

6. Brantford Power Final Inspection

Once the ESA documentation has reached us, you will contact Brantford Power to schedule the installation of the meter. Brantford Power will then install the generation meter assigned to the project.  The OPA will then be notified by Brantford Power, of the details of the connection that was made and, to proceed with issuing a MicroFIT final contract. Settlement will then begin, and the applicant will start to receive monthly revenue statements for the export of power.

To learn more:

Questions?

Email: MicroFIT@brantford.ca
Phone: 519-751-3522