New contracts add small renewable power generation to Ontario Grid



    Contracts total 238 megawatts including wind, solar, bio-mass and water
    power

    TORONTO, April 26 /CNW/ - Since its inception in November 2006, the
Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Standard Offer Program has signed 36 contracts
- totalling 238 megawatts (MW) of power - with small renewable generators to
provide electricity to the Ontario grid.
    The 20-year contracts, reported in the OPA's 2007 First Quarter Report on
the program, released today, involve all four renewable "fuels" - solar, water
power, bio-mass and wind. The projects include four small kilowatt residential
solar photovoltaic installations, several 10 megawatt wind farms, one of the
largest solar farms in the world and two waterpower projects that will be
developed by partnerships with First Nations' interests.
    The OPA is currently reviewing a further 89 applications - contracts will
be awarded as they are evaluated and reported quarterly.
    All of the contracted projects are expected to be in-service by 2010. As
part of the application process, each project is required to demonstrate the
commencement of the environmental screening process, if required.
    The Standard Offer Program - the largest of its kind in North America -
is the culmination of a year-long process to encourage small generators to
participate in the province's electricity system. The program is a
collaboration of the OPA, the Ontario Energy Board, Local Distribution
Companies and organizations promoting renewable energy.
    The guiding principles of the program are: simplicity, the removal of
barriers to participation by smaller projects, supporting the government's
renewable generation targets and providing value to Ontario's electricity
users.

    Ontario Power Authority

    In pursuit of its mandate of ensuring an adequate, long-term supply of
electricity for Ontario, the OPA creates and implements conservation and
demand management programs, ensures adequate investment in new supply
infrastructure, performs long-term electricity system planning, and
facilitates the development of a more sustainable and competitive electricity
system.
    The complete Standard Offer Program Quarterly Report - Q1 2007 is
available at www.powerauthority.on.ca/sop.




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