Ontario earmarks $70 million for solar, storage rebates

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The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change of the Canadian province of Ontario has launched the GreenON’s Solar Rebates Program, a rebate program for the deployment of residential and commercial solar-plus-solar solutions throughout the region.

Financial incentives, the Ontarian government said, will be available starting from next summer, and will be delivered in connection with Ontario’s Local Hydro Companies. Overall, the ministry has allocated CA$90 million (around US$70 million) for the program.

Residential projects, which may not exceed 10 kW in size, will be eligible to receive a rebate of CA$1 ($0.77) per W installed, while the purchase and installation of a storage system will be supported through a rebate of CA$370 ($287.9) per kWh.

Furthermore, a rebate of CA$1.50 ($1.16) per W will be granted to grid-connected residential solar-plus-storage projects, while off-grid projects of the same kind will be awarded a rebate of CA$3 ($2.33) per W.

As for commercial rooftop projects, which may not be larger than 500 kW, the Ontarian government has decided to grant a rebate of CA$0.75 ($0.58) per W installed.

The solar arrays will have to be installed by a registered “Participating Contractor” and receive Local Hydro Company approval to be considered eligible for the rebates.

“Working together to develop creative solutions for lowering greenhouse gas emissions through initiatives like the Low Carbon Innovation Fund, TargetGHG and the GreenON programs will help us fight climate change while preparing industries to thrive in a competitive, low-carbon economy,” said the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Reza Moridi.

The launch of the program follows the introduction of new rules for net metering that were issued in July of last year. The new regulation allows power system owners to use storage systems when paired with renewable energy generation

Prior to the launch of the new rules for net metering and the rebate scheme, Ontario’s government had provided incentives to residential and commercial PV through the FIT 4 Program, which concluded in July 2016.