Green Energy Act
In accordance to the FIT Program Rules, renewable energy developer in Ontario are required to perform certain tasks and activities within the Province of Ontario to meet the minimum Domestic Content requirements as part of the Eligibility Requirements of the FIT Program.
Under the FIT Contract, the Developer is required to submit a Domestic Content Plan (DC Plan) at the Notice-To-Proceed (NTP) stage and a Domestic Content Report within 60 business days from Commercial Operation. The OPA allows Developers to submit an optional Domestic Content Plan prior to NTP. The DC Plan, submitted prior to NTP, will allow the Developers to receive feedback from the OPA prior to making substantial investments in their facility
ORTECH has experience in domestic content as illustrated by the case study below:
Due Diligence Review: ORTECH has reviewed over 100 FIT projects for debt providers and equity investors to determine if the design and EPC are compliant with the domestic content rules.
Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA): Domestic Content backgrounder report
CanWEA engaged ORTECH to develop a background report on domestic content requirements in Ontario. The backgrounder had two purposes: (i) provide a list of issues on the topic for discussion by members of the Ontario caucus and (ii) form the basis of a possible briefing paper for presentation to the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure.
The study included:
A brief discussion of other jurisdictions and industry local content requirements, with a primary focus on the structure of the Quebec 2008 RFP local content requirements. Other areas that were review for local content were Germany and USA; Breakdown of components and services involved in wind farm development;A discussion of current local content of these components;An identification of component manufacturers and service providers capable of contributing to additional local content in wind farm development in Ontario.