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Dec 11, 2015 - microFIT Procurement Target, Holiday Maintenance, New Price Schedule, and Version Change

2015 microFIT Procurement Target

As of December 10, 2015 the annual microFIT procurement target of 50 MW has been achieved. Applications will continue to be processed if capacity becomes available.

For updates on the 2015 procurement target please review the microFIT bi-weekly reports.

microFIT Maintenance

  • From December 13, 2015,from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., the My microFIT Home Page will be unavailable.
  • From December 31, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to January 5, 2016, the microFIT Application submission functionality will be unavailable. During this time, Applicants will be able to access their My microFIT Home Page but will not be able to submit applications.
  • From January 4, 2016 to January 5, 2016, all functions of the My microfit Home Page will be unavailable. The My microfit Home Page will be returned to full service on January 5, 2016

Price Schedule Change
All active microFIT applications that have not been issued an Application Approval Notice prior to January 1, 2016, will be subject to the new FIT/microFIT Price Schedule.

In order for the IESO to issue Application Approval Notices prior to January 1, 2016, LDCs must report all Offers to Connect to the IESO no later than 4 p.m. on December 31, 2015. If you have received an Offer to Connect from your LDC, and the status of your application has not yet been changed to "Pending Connection", please contact your LDC directly. You can verify the status of your Application by logging into your My microFIT Home Page.

microFIT Version Change
On January 1, 2016, Version 3.3 of the microFIT Program comes into effect. The only change being made is the implementation of the 2016 Price Schedule; no other changes are being made to the microFIT Program at this time. All active applications that have not been issues an Application Approval Notice prior to January 1, 2016, will automatically be considered under version 3.3.

Click here to read all microFIT program updates in their entirety

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Mounting System Basics


What are mounting systems?

Mounting systems allow your solar panels to be interconnected into arrays and secured to fixed objects, whether that be a rooftop, a pole secured to the ground, etc.  The mounting system to be used will depend on the proposed site.  Mounting systems can generally be classified the following ways:

Tracking Mounts

These are the most efficient mounts on the market due to their built-in intelligence that allows your panels to follow the position of the sun.  Unfortunately, this type of mounting system is also the most expensive.  Some tracking mounts work on a single axis and move east to west, while there are others that can move in any direction to obtain the maximum amount of sunlight.  Although these make for efficient use of your panels, if you have the room to install additional panels instead of utilizing a tracking mount, it can be more cost-effective to do so.  Tracking mounts do however have their place for certain installations.

Ground or Roof Mounts (Universal Mounts)

These are the most common type of mounts used to secure solar arrays, and are most often used with larger solar panels.  They are sufficient in most cases, but do not offer the same intelligence as tracking mounts because they are normally secured in a fixed position.  Some universal mounts do come with tiltable legs, but can be difficult to adjust depending on the type.  Universal mounts are generally easy to install and can be installed on any relatively flat surface, as the majority offer some amount of levelling adjustment.

Flush Mounts

The least expensive mounts that you can buy for your solar panels.  They are simple metal brackets that attach to the panels and elevate the panels off of the roof.  They will not hold large solar panels.  Flush mounts are not adjustable and therefore do not have the flexibility of the universal mounting systems. These are also the most common method of mounting for most residential applications.



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