Program Update - April 25, 2016
The IESO will temporarily stop accepting applications to the microFIT Program effective immediately while new program provisions are prepared for microFIT version 4, which will be launched in July.
The IESO is taking this step to protect the integrity of the microFIT Program and consumers. A number of irregular and incomplete applications have been discovered in the past few weeks. As a result, the IESO has decided that the new program provisions for microFIT version 4 should be introduced before accepting new applications.
In early April, the IESO posted a notice on the microFIT website to flag to participants that a new version of the program would be launched in mid-2016, as well as changes that would be introduced.
This next version of microFIT will include a new requirement for a commissioned or notarized declaration form from all applicants and not just those that designate representatives. This additional requirement has been developed to help ensure that all applicants understand the program and process, have access to their My microFIT Home Page and follow the Program Rules.
Other revisions for version 4 will include:
- A new fuel type/price category will be created for solar photovoltaic (PV) rooftop applications that are 6 kilowatts (kW) or smaller. The current 2016 price for solar PV rooftop will apply to projects larger than 6 kW.
- In-series metering will be allowed if permitted by the local distribution company.
- Projects will be required to be connected within 180 days of receiving an Application Approval Notice.
- Provisions will be introduced related to payments if a microFIT contract is in breach.
Current microFIT applicants should check their My microFIT Home Page for the status of their application. Existing applications will continue to be processed.