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Ontario's FIT Program: Domestic Content Requirements

June 2012
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By Marissa Kirsh & Thomas J. Timmins

In 2009, the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) established the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, which offers price incentives to renewable energy project developers to encourage the development of renewable energy projects in the province. In order to participate in the FIT Program, prospective suppliers of electricity using wind power or solar facilities must adhere to stringent domestic content requirements that are specified in each FIT contract.

At Gowlings, we regularly receive questions about the Ontario FIT Program’s domestic content requirements and are frequently called upon for advice regarding domestic content by equipment manufacturers, project developers, financiers, investors and prospective project acquirers. This article provides a brief overview of the domestic content requirements, their associated reporting obligations and the consequences for participants who fail to meet the requirements.

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