Apply to OPAs renewables website for a crack at 120 million
By Anthony Capkun
Companies supplying and installing renewable energy technologies can now apply to offer their goods and services to Ontario school boards and social housing providers for a piece of a $120-million pie.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has launched a website where service
providers and suppliers of five renewable energy technologies (solar
air, solar water, geothermal, solar photovoltaic and small wind) can
apply to be included on a vendor list.
The deadline to apply to be included on a vendor list is March 26.
Website applications will be used to create a list of vendors of
renewable energy technologies that have met certain eligibility
criteria. This list, expected to be available in April, will be used by
school boards and social housing providers to invest $120 million to
reduce energy costs in schools and social housing by installing
renewable energy technologies for heating, cooling or generating
electricity. School boards will have access to $50 million through the
Ministry of Education, and $70 million is for social housing providers
to access through the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing.
This initiative is in support of the policy intent of the Green Energy
Act by boosting investment in renewable energy projects through the
creation of job opportunities in Ontario.
The Ontario Power Authority is responsible for ensuring a reliable,
sustainable supply of electricity for Ontario. Its four key areas of
focus are: planning the power system for the long term; leading and
coordinating conservation initiatives across the province; ensuring
development of needed generation resources; and supporting the continued
evolution of the electricity sector.