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microFIT 2015 Program Update

IESO / 24 April 2015

Due to the ongoing work in transitioning the microFIT Program to a net-metering initiative, there will be no substantial changes to the microFIT Program for 2015. This year’s annual procurement target is 50 MW. Please see the April 7, 2015, directive from the Minister of Energy for further information.

The IESO received input on potential changes to the microFIT program through more than 45 written submissions from a broad range of stakeholders and communities between December 1, 2014 and January 23, 2015. While there are no changes to the microFIT Program at this time, these submissions have been reviewed and shared with the Ministry of Energy. The IESO thanks all those who contributed feedback.

Changes to the AREF and CEPP Funding Programs

OSEA / 15 April 2015

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) informed us that it is developing a new funding program that will improve and consolidate the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) with the Aboriginal Renewable Energy Fund (AREF), the Municipal and Public Sector Energy Partnerships Program (MPSEPP), and Aboriginal Transmission Fund (ATF) Programs.

For more details on the impending changes and what they mean to proponents who are in the process of preparing their applications under the current programs, please see the following links:

Important Dates:

  • May 4th: Submission Deadline for Funding Applications under the current programs
  • May 15th: Target Date to post new program details for review and commentary

The IESO aims to launch the new consolidated funding program, with an annual budget of $10 million, in June 2015.

Solar energy: A leap of faith

OSEA / Newsletter / February 2015

PowUnitedSolarsmallWhat do many faith communities have in common besides shared teachings and philosophies that speak of caring for the earth? Buildings of course, with rooftops – many of which are perfectly angled to receive the glorious light of the sun!

In Ontario, there are around 7000 religious organizations and of these, 137 have rooftop solar installations.

At Faith and the Common Good – an Ontario-based interfaith network of religious groups – the goal is to up this number.

Through their Greening Sacred Spaces (GSS) program, they’ve launched Renewable Energy Revival for Faith Communities to support Ontario’s diverse faith groups in becoming ‘solar energy’ community leaders.


Playhouse solar panels feed the grid

Thousand Islands Playhouse / Media Release / 15 January 2015

1000 Islands Playhouse solarOn December 9, the new solar panels at the Thousand Islands Playhouse were turned on and began producing energy to feed the grid.

This new installation is part of the “FIT program” with RemarkableENERGY. The project began development in November of 2009 and has now – after installing between 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of panels on the Springer and Firehall Theatre buildings – has reached completion.

“We’re really excited to be one of the few buildings in Gananoque to have solar panels feeding into the grid,” says General Manager Richard Van Dusen. “Not many people know about them yet because they aren’t visible from the street. We can’t wait for our 2015 season to open – our audiences and boaters will be able to see them from our docks and from the water.”


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The Transition Framework

Inner Transition is occasionally overlooked in favour of more immediately ‘practical’ undertakings, reinforcing an observed and acknowledged division in many Transition Initiatives between “doers” and “talkers”, but for Transition Initiatives looking to foster a kind of community resilience that is equitable, inclusive, nimble, responsive, caring, and cohesive, Inner Transition efforts are a necessary place to start.

— Anne Rucchetto, Blake Poland
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