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Large Renewable Procurement

The Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) is a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects generally larger than 500 kilowatts.

The LRP is an important component of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, and represents a key step in the province’s 2025 target for renewable energy to comprise about half of Ontario's installed capacity. The LRP I process concluded in April 2016, with the execution of 454.885 megawatts (MW) of new wind, solar, and waterpower contracts.

The LRP II process is currently under development. The current LRP II procurement targets include up to 600 MW of wind, 250 MW of solar, 50 MW of waterpower, 30 MW of bioenergy, and 50 MW from technological upgrades to and optimizations of existing renewable energy facilities.

Draft LRP II RFQ Materials now Available – June 27, 2016

The IESO has posted the draft Request for Qualifications (LRP II RFQ) and associated Prescribed Forms on the LRP Engagement page for review and comment. The draft LRP II RFQ builds on the LRP I RFQ, as well as on feedback received on all aspects of the LRP I process and reflects the policy direction from the Minister of Energy outlined in the April 5, 2016, and June 10, 2016 directions.

Comments and feedback on the draft LRP II RFQ and the associated Prescribed Forms can be provided via email to engagement@ieso.ca using the feedback form available on the LRP Engagement page, by July 14, 2016. A webinar will be offered on July 12, 2016, to provide an overview of the draft LRP II RFQ.

Please visit the LRP Engagement page for more information and the latest updates.

The LRP I Process

The first phase of the LRP (LRP I) consisted of both a Request for Qualifications (LRP I RFQ) and a Request for Proposals (LRP I RFP) stage. During the LRP I RFQ stage 42 applicants were qualified based on their ability to meet a set of mandatory requirements focused on past development experience and financial capability.

Qualified Applicants were then eligible to submit project-specific proposals in response to the RFP that detailed location, capacity, and connection point, as well as evidence of meaningful community engagement. Important dates can be found in Section 2.2 of the LRP I RFP.

More information about the
LRP I RFP is available on the LRP I Archive page.

The LRP I RFP was designed to strike a balance between early community engagement and achieving
value for ratepayers. Large Renewable Projects proposed through this process must have demonstrated
site and resource due diligence as well engagement with the communities in which they were proposing
to locate. Preference was also given to projects that demonstrated additional community support and participation from Indigenous Communities.