ANNOUNCEMENT 01 Oct 2009In October 2009, the government of Canada announced a change in the required local inputs to serve domestic customers.
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On October 1, 2009, The Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) Program was implemented in Ontario, Canada. The program attempts to establish a firmer pricing structure for renewable energy in Ontario. The program covers wind, solar, all water-based energy sources and bio-mass. One aspect of this program is local content requirements for the project expenses involved in wind and solar projects, which are listed in section 1.1 b of the program overview document.
These local content requirements are, from 2009-2011, 25% of costs for wind projects to be local (ie - from Ontario) and 50% of solar projects. From 2012 onward, these restrictions increase to 50% and 60% respectively.
While there is no end date specifically mentioned in the official program documents, one of the key goals is to aid in the phase out of coal power generation in Ontario by 2014.