The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for the development of 565 MW renewable energy; wind, solar, bioenergy and hydropower.
Specifically the Large Renewable Procurement 1 (LRP) program includes:
The LRP is an important component of Ontario’s ongoing commitment to building a cleaner and more sustainable energy system, and represents a key step in the province’s 2025 target for renewable energy to comprise about half of Ontario's installed capacity.
The proposal submission period begins on March 10, 2015 and the proposal submission deadline will be September 1, 2015. There is a mandatory registration deadline of August 7, 2015 to submit a request to register as a registered proponent.
During the request for qualifications (RFQ) stage 42 pre-qualified applicants were qualified based on their ability to meet a set of mandatory requirements focused on past development experience and financial capability.
Canadian Wind Energy Association president Robert Hornung stated:
"Ontario's new competitive bidding process has attracted high quality project applicants who were pre-qualified through the LRP I RFQ process based on mandatory requirements focused on past development experience and financial capability. We are confident that this process will demonstrate wind energy's cost-competitiveness as a source of new electricity generation in Ontario."
"An important part of the RFP process will be early and meaningful community engagement. Effective community engagement is fundamental to the success of wind energy projects and the wind industry values the right of individuals to have an important role in discussions about developments in their community."