A summary of funding and incentive programs available for biogas developers.
Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) Invites Applications for Education Grants due 5pm EDT on Friday June 3, 2011
Applications are now available for the new Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP) education grant. Eligible organizations, proposing to undertake new community power education projects may now apply. CEPP’s education grants will help build awareness and capacity among Ontarians to participate in, or develop renewable energy generation projects in their communities.
How To Apply
Applications are now available and will be accepted until June 3, 2011 at 5pm EDT. After reviewing the grant overview and rules, applicants may download the application form and guidelines and submit their application by email to:firstname.lastname@example.org. All applications must be submitted electronically and no printed copies are necessary or will be accepted.
For more information, please go to http://www.communityenergyprogram.ca/EducationGrants/EdGrants_OverviewPage.aspx
Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Program
Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, and implemented by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) offers the following garanteed price schedule for electricity generated from on- and off-farm biogas.
|Renewable Fuel||Size tranches||Contract price ¢/kWh|
|On-farm biogas||≤ 100 kW||19.5|
|On-farm biogas||> 100 kW ≤ 250 kW||18.5|
|Biogas||≤ 500 kW||16.0|
|Biogas||>500 kW ≤ 10 MW||14.7|
|Biogas||> 10 MW||10.4|
Several important factors related to the FIT prices include:
1. Additional bonuses in the FIT program:
– Community Price Adder of 0.4 ¢/kWh for biogas projects involving the local community (individual farmers applying for a FIT contract may be able to satisfy this criteria);
– Aboriginal Price Adder of 0.6 ¢/kWh for projects with aboriginal community participation.
2. Incetive to operate during peak hours
The posted FIT price will be multiplied by 1.35 during peak periods (11am to 7pm on business days), and by 0.9 during off-peak periods.
For more detailed information consult the OPA’s FIT websiteNet Metering
Ontario’s Net Metering program is available to any Hydro One customer who generates electricity primarily for their own use from a renewable energy source (wind, water, solar radiation or agricultural biomass) using equipment with a total nameplate rating of 500 kW or less. The program allows customers to send electricity generated from Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) to Hydro One’s distribution system for a credit towards their electricity costs. Excess generation credits can be carried forward for up to 12 months to offset future electricity costs.
Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEEP)
The fund will financially support community groups interested in renewable energy projects by providing grants for “soft costs” like feasibility, engineering and environmental studies.
There are are two types of grants available from the Community Energy Partnerships Program (CEPP).
– CEPP Grant 1 applies to Project Design & Development Activities associated with developing your community power project.
– CEPP Grant 2applies to Regulatory Approvals necessary to develop your community power project.
The CEPP will generally cover up to 90% of eligible development costs to a maximum of C$200,000 for community-owned renewable energy projects between 10 kilowatts and 10 megawatts. Charities, not-forprofits and co-ops will be eligible for the fund, as well as projects developed by individual Ontario residents. Actual grant amounts will vary based on the actual costs of activities required for any specific projects
For Biogas / Biomass / Landfill Gas the max CEPP grants are as follows:
|Size (kW)||Max CEPP Grant ($’s)|
|10.1 – 500||75,000|
|501 – 10,000||200,000|
Now Accepting CEPP Education Grant Applications
Applications are now open to qualified not-for-profit, charitable and co-op organizations. Eligibility is based on experience and expertise in education and will be awarded to new projects focused on community-based wind, solar, biofuel and/or waterpower education. CEPPs education grants will help to build awareness and capacity among Ontarians to participate in, or develop, electricity generation projects in their communities.
Organizations may pursue local, regional or provincial scale programs. Maximum grant amounts are between $25,000 and $125,000 per project. Applications are now available and will be accepted until June 3, 2011 at 5pm EDT. Questions will be accepted exclusively by email correspondence until May 20, 2011.
The Agricultural Flexibility Fund (AgriFlexibility) is a five year (2009-2014) $500 million fund ending March 31 2014. Its objective is to facilitate the implementation of new initiatives, both federally and in partnership with provinces, territories and industry that will improve the sector’s competitiveness by reducing costs of production, improving environmental sustainability, promoting innovation and responding to market challenges.
EcoEnergy For Renewable Power
Through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Natural Resources Canada is investing $1.48 billion to increase Canada’s supply of clean electricity from renewable sources. The fund provides an incentive of one cent per kilowatt-hour for up to 10 years to eligible low-impact, renewable electricity projects constructed between April 1, 2007 and March 31, 2011. Businesses, municipalities, institutions and organizations are eligible.
ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat
The ecoENERGY for Renewable Heat program is a four-year, $36 million investment to: – Increase the use of renewable thermal energy by industry, commercial businesses and institutions – Boost the amount of renewable thermal energy created for these sectors – Contribute to cleaner air by helping Canadian businesses use less fossil fuel-based energy for space and water heating in buildings across the country
The program ends on March 31, 2011.
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) – Energy Loan
Farm Credit Canada (FCC) has recently announced their new Energy Loan to help farmers and agribusinesses switch to renewable energy sources like biogas, geo-thermal, wind or solar power. The FCC offers a special interest rate and no loan processing fees on the first $500,000.
Green Municipal Fund
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund provides grants and low interest loans to municipalities in support of activities in the following sectors: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water. Grants are offered for developing sustainable community plans, conducting feasability studies and field tests (up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $350,000) and loans are offered to implement projects. In the waste sector, funding is available to support waste diversion projects. Eligible applicants can request up to $4 million in loans and $400,000 in grants for each project. Rates for municipalities are 1.5 per cent lower than the Government of Canada bond rate and even further below market rates.
Other incentives and funding opportunites
OMAFRA’s Factsheet Considerations and Opportunities for Building a Farm-Based Anaerobic Digester System in Ontario lists programs providing funding for planning an on-farm AD project as well as capital funding for biogas systems. The Factsheet also discusses taxation benefits and other opportunties for biogas system owners, such as for example tipping fees and increased biogas production from the use of off-farm source materials in the anaerobic digester.