G4-EU1 G4-EU2 Renewable energy Toronto Hydro operates in an environmentally responsible manner consistent with the City of Toronto’s energy, climate change and urban forestry objectives. As such, we have been supporting renewable generation initiatives across Toronto by assisting with the development of new infrastructure and making direct project investments. The initiatives described in the following sections demonstrate Toronto Hydro’s support of the City’s renewable energy goals of installing 550MW of renewable generation by 2020, including 166MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) generation25. Supporting infrastructure Toronto Hydro provides assistance with renewable generation connections as outlined in the Green Energy Act, 1998, OEB requirements and other applicable legislation. In general, system improvements (e.g. short circuit capacity, protection and communication upgrades) are provided for renewable generation resources under regulated rates. We have a dedicated interconnections group that provides engineering support, pre-assessments and connection impact assessments for renewable generation projects through a streamlined process. Since the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was introduced in 2009, we’ve enabled 724 microFIT intercon-nections (each under 10 kW capacity). This totals more than 4.125 MW of generation capacity and represents approximately 7% of rooftop microFIT solar PV installed in Ontario26. During the same period, we enabled 198 FIT interconnections (each greater than 10kW capacity) totalling more than 33.375 MW of generation capacity. This accounts for an estimated 13% of rooftop FIT solar PV installed in the province. These FIT interconnections include the renewable energy projects Toronto Hydro has invested in (for details see Direct Project Investments). When other renewable energy projects (net metering and Renewable Energy Standards Offer program) are included, Toronto Hydro has assisted with 993 renewable generation interconnections totalling approximately 40 MW. This was achieved through: • Dedicated interconnection team and streamlined process • Investment in infrastructure projects to address technical grid constraints • Development of an energy centre to monitor/forecast/ dispatch generation resources • Education and outreach programs to stakeholders 58 TORONTO HYDRO 2014 CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY REPORT Direct project investments Toronto Hydro is jointly investing in solar PV projects with the City of Toronto. The units are being installed on city-owned facilities. In 2014, we completed 10 projects, with a capacity of 1 MW, which generated 1,180 MWh of electricity in 2014. Under the FIT 3.0 program, we secured additional contracts with the City and are moving forward with 10 additional projects with a total capacity of 1.5 MW. We’ve also invested in three other renewable generation projects (Exhibition Place Wind Turbine, Better Living Centre Solar and 500 Commissioners St. Solar) which have an installed capacity of 1.2 MW. In 2014, these projects generated 1,530 MWh of electricity. Collectively, these project investments have avoided 260 tCO2e from entering the atmosphere in 2014. 25 Referenced in The Power to Live Green: Toronto’s Sustainable Energy Strategy (2009). 26 Calculations were based on publically available contract summaries available on the IESO website.
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