Developing Your Project
The IESO will review your application to confirm that it is complete and that all required information has been provided.
If your application passes the completeness review, the IESO will confirm whether sufficient capacity remains within the Annual Procurement Target. If there is sufficient capacity, your application status will change from "Submitted" to "Pending LDC Offer to Connect".
Then there are a number of steps to complete.
Application Approval Notice
Build and connect your project
Many people who own their own microFIT project hire an installer to help them install their project. The renewable energy sector is a growing industry, and there are many installers from which to choose. It is very important to choose a qualified installer when you are developing your renewable energy project.
The IESO does not endorse or recommend any particular installer. You remain solely responsible for the selection of and agreements with all installers or other third parties related to the installation of your project. If you are considering a third-party service provider, please review the “Using Third-Party Service Providers” section of the microFIT webpage.
A qualified installer or contractor will:
- have experience installing grid-connected renewable energy projects in Ontario, with particular experience installing your technology of choice
- have the proper licensing and certifications as applicable
- have general liability insurance.
The IESO has prepared a list of questions that you should ask your installer before investing in your project. For more information, please view the checklist of questions to ask when you are developing your microFIT project.
After your project has been built, you must apply to the ESA for an electrical inspection. Your project will not be connected to the grid until your LDC receives a Connection Authorization letter from the ESA. You will also be required to provide the IESO with a copy of the ESA Connection Authorization as evidence that the project has passed the service inspection and is ready to connect to the grid.
This information must be uploaded through your My microFIT Home Page and submitted to the IESO before the expiry of your Application Approval Notice. This file can only be uploaded once your application has received an Application Approval Notice. Submitting this document to the IESO can be done through the "My Files" link that is enabled once your application status is updated to "Pending Connection."
In many cases, your installer will help you to arrange and prepare for the safety inspection. The inspection will address the following:
- Is the equipment approved for usage in Ontario?
- Does the installation have the required devices to protect against short circuits and circuit overloads?
- Does the installation have the required disconnection features?
- Does the installation make use of an appropriate inverter system?
- Does all wiring comply with provincial safety requirements?
- Do all devices display the proper safety labels?
FAQs on the Electrical Safety Authority inspection are available in the FAQ document.
After your project is installed and has passed the electrical safety inspection, you will need to finalize your connection to the grid.
Your LDC must have the following information from you to finalize your connection:
- Connection Authorization letter issued by the ESA
- payment for the connection costs
- signed “Micro-Embedded Generation Facility Connection Agreement.” This is a standard agreement prescribed by all LDCs. It is an agreement between you and your LDC. Please review this agreement carefully and ensure that you understand its terms and conditions.
Once your microFIT project is connected, your LDC will notify the IESO. Notification will include project-specific information and the date the project was physically connected to the distribution system, and the status of your application will change to “Connection Completed.”