City Rooftops Collect Energy
As of January 1, 2019 the City has 11 operational rooftop Solar Photovoltaic (PV) installations on municipally owned facilities. These Installations were all done under the now phased out Ontario Power Authority's (OPA) Feed-in-Tariff program (FIT) and Micro Feed-in-Tariff (MicroFIT) programs.
The Green Energy and Green Economy Act, passed by the Ontario government on May 14, 2009, amended the Electricity Act to allow a municipality to generate up to 10 MW using a renewable energy generation facility. Previously, municipalities could only generate electricity using an independent corporation. This allowed municipalities to increase their revenue by participating in the OPA's now defunct FIT program and selling electricity into the grid.
Under the now phased out FIT and microFIT programs, generators of renewable energy were able to sell electricity to the grid at an attractive fixed price under a 20-year contract. The FIT and microFIT programs are now closed and no longer accepting new applications.
The following microFIT (10 kW) installations and are all online and generating clean renewable energy.
- Fire Hall 1 on Joyceville Road
- Fire Hall 2 on Brewers Mills Road
- Fire Hall 3 on Gore Road
- Fire Hall 7 on Woodbine Road
- Fire Hall 8 on Unity Road
- Kingston Frontenac Public Library - Central Branch
- Kingston Airport
- Housing and Social Services Building
- Artillery Park Aquatic & Fitness Centre
The following Feed-in-Tariff installations are all online and generating clean renewable energy and revenue.
A 246 kW installation at the John Counter Boulevard campus. The systems are on three buildings:
- the Kingston Transit garage,
- 1211 John Counter Blvd. and
- the Utilities Kingston garage.
- A 130 kW installation at the Ravensview Water Treatment Plant.
Net Metering Program
While all of our existing systems are under the FIT and MicroFIT program and are guaranteed in a 20 year contract, with the shutting down of the FIT and microFIT programs all future solar photovoltaic system applications and installations will fall under the Net Metering Program.
Net metering allows the City to send electricity generated from Renewable Energy Technologies such as Solar Photovoltaic to the electrical distribution system for a credit, reducing our electricity costs. Excess generation credits can be carried forward for a consecutive 12 month period to offset future electricity costs. The goal is to over-generate during the summer months, and use up the excess credits during the winter months. The Net Metering program has no contract end date; once it begins producing energy it will continue to benefit the City for decades.
Net metering is being explored in our municipally owned facilities to reduce operating costs, reduced GHG emissions and continue to improve the City's municipal energy mix. All of our new municipal facilities are being designed to have roof and electrical capacity for future net metering solar systems where financially and technically feasible.