Kingston Hydro Home Assistance Program
September 18, 2012
Kingston Hydro's new Home Assistance Program offers free home electricity efficiency assessments and retrofits to income-qualified Kingston Hydro customers living in eligible buildings. Both homeowners and tenants may be eligible to receive retrofits ranging from light-bulb change-outs to appliance replacement and insulation. Kingston Hydro's Home Assistance Program is targeted towards seniors, students, recipients of certain social benefits, the working poor, and those in electrically heated homes. Social Housing providers are also eligible. Please be aware that all participants must first be qualified for the program. To find out about eligibility and to apply, contact the Home Assistance intake team, email@example.com or call 613.893.4271. Delivery partners include Utilities Kingston, Hearthmakers Energy Co-op, and the Salvation Army.
Version 2.0 FIT rules released
August 13, 2012
The final rules and documents for version 2.0 of the Feed-In Tariff program were released on August 10 by the Ontario Power Authority. The application window for small FIT projects (500 kW or less) will be open from October 1 to November 30. Previously submitted applications for small FIT projects must resubmit a revised electronic application form within the October to November time frame. A hard copy must follow within 5 business days, but before November 30. Applications not submitted during the application window will be terminated. Final versions of all documents are available on the FIT website. Details regarding the application window for larger FIT projects will be released at a later date.
Options for Green Energy developing renewable energy co-op
August 7, 2012
Options for Green Energy, a division of Options for Homes, is developing several renewable energy cooperatives in Eastern Ontario. The cooperatives will be owned and controlled by the community. Members earn 5% on their bonds while supporting renewable energy projects. Visit their website to register for an information session. For more information contact David Kay, Director of Options for Homes Eastern Ontario, 613.484.5687. Options for Homes is currently developing the Anna Lane condominiums at the corner of Queen and Bagot.
microFIT program relaunched
July 17, 2012
After a Directive from the Ontario Minister of Energy was issued to the Ontario Power Authority, version 2.0 of the microFIT program was launched on July 12. Applications submitted after September 1, 2011 will be subject to the new rules and must be resubmitted by August 10, 2012. As part of the Directive, 50 MW of microFIT projects will be awarded as soon as possible. One point will be given to those in the queue prior to July 4, 2011 and a half a point to anyone in the queue since July 5, 2011. More details can be found on CanSIA's website, www.cansia.ca.
Kingston Hydro Small Business Lighting Program
April 3, 2012
Increase your energy efficiency potential by learning about the Kingston Hydro Small Business Lighting Program. The program includes a free lighting assessment, up to $1000 worth of energy efficient retrofits, and information on incentives available from the saveONenergy program. For more information, contact the Small Business Lighting hotline at 613.888.0149, or email firstname.lastname@example.org