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Wind does well out of Ontario's first feed-in tariffs

CANADA: Ontario's first feed-in tariffs (Fit) have been awarded, with 48 wind farms included among the 184 contracts handed out.

Wolfe Island wind farm: included in the Fit list
Wolfe Island wind farm: included in the Fit list

The wind projects, ranging in size from 800kW to 300MW, add up to 1529MW of capacity. It comprises about 60% of the 2500MW that was issued contracts.

The largest single approved project was the 300 MW Wolfe Island Shoals offshore facility in Lake Ontario. It is the only offshore project to receive a power purchase agreement in Canada so far.

The purchases are a significant step in realising the "huge potential" for wind development under the province's Green Energy Act (GEA), says Robert Hornung, president of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.

"Going forward, the long-term success of the GEA will ultimately depend on a continued commitment to open and fair access to the feed-in tariff, as well as accelerated investment in new transmission infrastructure," he says.

Transmission was the limiting factor in the number of wind projects successful in the first round. The three offshore and 134 onshore wind projects that did not receive a Fit contract in the first round will be put through an "economic connection test" to determine whether it is economical to build additional transmission infrastructure to connect them to the grid.

Ontario Power Authority 'Fit' map

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