September 19, 2018
Opening Note from CanSIA Vice President, Wesley Johnston
Taking Advantage of the Silver Lining

Clearly, there have been clouds looming over the Ontario market in recent months. The solar industry has faced many disruptive announcements as the new government cancelled pre-Notice To Proceed Feed In Tariff contracts and terminated the GreenON solar rebate program.

However, if we look past the doom and gloom, there is a silver lining that our industry can take advantage of to continue growing the solar market in Ontario. Yes, this new government didn't support past climate policies brought forward by the previous government, however, they are interested in job creation, lower hydro bills, and consumer empowerment. Solar energy, along with other enabling technologies like energy storage and energy management services, are uniquely capable of helping the Ontario government deliver on these goals.

Furthermore, one of the key objectives for this new government is to cut red tape and drive efficiencies within government and regulated markets to make goods and services more affordable for everyday Ontarians. We in the Ontario solar industry also feel strongly that we need to identify inefficiencies within the solar electricity market caused by regulatory, technical and market barriers and come up with a plan to work with this new government to cut the red tape and make solar more cost-effective for consumers.

To re-frame solar energy in a different light, we need to share our story and build new relationships. CanSIA plans to do this in the following 3 ways:

1.) CanSIA has hired Crestview Strategy  to develop and implement our government relations strategy.

2.) CanSIA is relaunching the Building Public Support for Solar (BPSS) project to launch a grassroots-based communications campaign to build support among the broader public. We hope all members will take part.

3.) CanSIA, through the Advancing Solar Technology Regulations in Ontario (ASTRO) project, has recently launched its Soft Costs Survey . The findings of this study will serve as the basis of CanSIA's strategy to work with the new Ontario government and energy agencies to help achieve efficiencies and reduce red tape within the solar electricity sector. Click here to take part in the study, deadline October 3, 2018.
 
CanSIA encourages all Ontario solar market participants to take part in this survey. Your participation will help to ensure that these findings are representative of the current situation in Ontario.

In closing, although the political winds have changed in Ontario the sun still shines brightly, and CanSIA continues to proactively find new ways to reposition and advocate for favourable solar energy treatment in this new environment.
Please read on for further updates from the CanSIA Executive Team. 

 

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Policy & Market Development
Solar Ontario: With Change Comes OpportunitySolONT
CanSIA is hosting our Solar Ontario Conference on November 14, 2018 at the Hilton Mississauga. With a new Ontario government in place, it will be more important than ever to understand how the political landscape and market dynamics are shifting to ensure that your business is prepared to respond accordingly and to take advantage of this new environment.

Solar Ontario will bring together solar leaders and entrepreneurs who are ready to learn and create innovative customer value and creative technology solutions. The program will be filled with sessions to help Ontario solar companies better understand the political landscape, the upcoming net metering regulations, explore new leading-edge financing options and marketing techniques, along with numerous other informative sessions to help grow your business.

CanSIA Comments on Alberta Infrastructure's 135,000 MWh RFP & "SESA"RFPSESA

Alberta Infrastructure has taken one more important step toward the procurement of 135,000 MWh of solar electricity to power more than 50% of their own operations since the release of an initial Request for Information in October, 2016. Alberta Infrastructure, through the Alberta Purchasing Connection website, have posted a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) and Solar Electricity Supply Agreement (SESA) for comment. The draft timelines associated with the RFP would see proposals due October 29th and a winner (or winners) selected December 29th. The SESA would function as a Contract for Differences (CfD) similar to the Renewable Electricity Supply Agreement (RESA) from the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO)'s Renewable Electricity Program (REP) where Renewable Attributes are purchased from a project with the purchasing price defined as the difference between the power pool price and a strike price. Visit Alberta Purchasing Connection to view the procurement and read CanSIA's submission for further information.

Nova Scotia's "SolarHomes" Launched & Initial 2018 Solar Community Buildings AnnouncedSolarHOMES

In  August 2018, Efficiency Nova Scotia (ENS) launched SolarHomes- a residential solar photovoltaic (PV) incentive program  co-funded by the Government of Canada's Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund and the Province. Program highlights include: $1.00/watt rebate capped at 40% of the overall system cost to a maximum value of $10,000; and all single-family homes are eligible, as are co-operative housing and First Nation Band-owned homes. Solar installers must be pre-approved by ENS as members of the Efficiency Trade Network.

While in September 2018, four successful applicants from the 2018 round of the province's Community Solar Buildings Program were announced: Nova Scotia Community College Annapolis Valley Campus (75 kW); Town of Wolfville (45 kW); Southwest Hants Fire Society (32 kW); and Centrelea Community Club (25 kW). Nova Scotia's Solar for Community Buildings Program enables eligible community groups and organizations to generate up to 75kW of solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity on their roofs or properties and sell it to their utility under a 20-year contract. Additional successful applicants for 2018 are expected to be made known soon and the program will re-open for its third and final round of applications in 2019.

CanSIA is pleased to welcome Lyle Goldberg as the newest member of the CanSIA team, on the ground in Halifax as Policy and Regulatory Affairs Manager in Nova Scotia. Lyle is helping CanSIA grow the solar market in Nova Scotia by collaborating with the solar industry, the three orders of government, local utilities, regulatory agencies and other key stakeholders. Please join us in welcoming Lyle by joining his professional network on LinkedIn.
City of Edmonton Hiring 100% Renewable Electricity Project Manager CityofEdmonton
Are you passionate about 100% green electricity? Are you interested in contract and project management? If so, read on!

Reporting directly to the Program Manager of the Energy Transition Unit of the Economic and Environmental Sustainability Branch, you will work across the City of Edmonton, consulting and negotiating with internal stakeholders to effectively understand the corporate needs and policy directions that are dictating the outcomes of the City's 100% Renewable Electricity commitment. You will be responsible for the development of a detailed options analysis including comprehensive benefits/cost assessments to achieve the best and most viable approach for the procurement of green electricity including an evaluation of market requirements, contract alternatives, bundled vs unbundled commodity and environmental attribute scenarios, energy sources and generation available in the market, and the possibility of the inclusion of natural gas in any contract renewal. Execution of the resultant utilities supply contracts and the updating of any energy and environment policy and procedural documents will also be required. Further information is available online.

Deloitte says Innovation, Cost & Consumer Demand Driving Renewables as Preferred EnergyDeloitte

According to Deloitte, the multinational professional services network, "several market trends are driving renewable energy to become a mainstream energy form and a preferred source. Three "key enablers" propelling this upshot and empowering solar and wind to compete with conventional sources equally are: parity, integration, and technology. This implies that solar and wind can now beat conventional sources on price, while matching their performance; their integration can help solve grid problems; and they are seizing leading technologies to get ahead of conventional sources. As solar and wind power now come closest to meeting three key energy consumer priorities-cost-effectiveness, decarbonization, and reliability-what role will they play in creating smart renewable cities?"  Explore Deloitte's new report to learn how these top trends in renewable energy are set to impact the world in the year ahead.
Utilities & Regulatory Affairs

CanSIA Challenges AESO's "ID 2018-019T" at the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC)AESO2018019T

In May 2018, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) released "ID 2018-019T". This document changed the definition of "Point of Supply" with material economic consequences for distribution-connected solar electricity generators resulting from reduced "DTS Credits" and increased "sub-station fractioning" costs. CanSIA has filed a motion with the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) to hold IF 2018-019T in abeyance until due process has occurred. CanSIA expects a ruling from the AUC to in the coming week(s). CanSIA's filing may be viewed online for further information.

"Load-Serving Entities" Discussion Paper Released by Ontario Energy Associationloadserving

On September 13, 2018, the Ontario Energy Association (OEA) released a discussion paper which explores the evolution of Ontario's electricity market and challenges for power system planning and resource procurement. The paper recommends enabling Local Distribution Companies (LDCs) to voluntarily become Load-Serving Entities (LSEs) and take on additional roles and responsibilities including performing integrated planning and energy procurement. The paper claims this will lead to increased efficiencies and cost savings for customers.
Alberta Releases Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations reclamation
Last June, the Government of Alberta responded to concerns from many over the need to have provincial requirements for the reclamation of renewable energy developments (wind, solar, geothermal) in Alberta by holding stakeholder sessions in Calgary (June 6-7) and Lethbridge (June 21-22).

These sessions covered recent amendments that were made to the Conservation and Reclamation Regulation that enabled Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) to develop conservation and reclamation requirements for renewable energy operations. At that time a working draft was circulated to obtain input and feedback on the draft these were taken into consideration in developing the final version of the Directive. 

The Conservation and Reclamation Directive for Renewable Energy Operations has now been approved for release and is effective September 14, 2018. The Directive applies to renewable energy operations on private lands that produce renewable electricity from wind, solar, or heat from the ground (i.e., geothermal). Questions may be directed to: 

Ontario IESO Hosts First Annual Technical Planning ConferenceIESOONT

On September 13, 2018 the IESO invited stakeholders to participate in the first annual Technical Planning Conference. The purpose of the event was to provide stakeholders with an update on the electricity planning outlook and an overview of the IESO's resource and transmission planning process. During the conference, the IESO stated that there would be a need for about 1,400 MW of new capacity in 2023, while that need increases to 3,700 MW in 2025 before plateauing to about 2,000 MW over the long-term (IESO Presentation, Slides 50 and 51). This gap in capacity in 2023 and beyond could present an opportunity for solar energy to help fill that gap. CanSIA will continue to monitor the IESO electricity planning outlook process. Click here to learn more and view the IESO conference program.

Federal Government Invests in Calgary Smart-Grid Demonstration Projectcalgarysmartgrid

The Federal Government is committing $1.4 million for a project to make Calgary's power grid more resilient and efficient. The funding will support an ENMAX pilot project, the first of its kind in Canada, that seeks to enable two-way power flow in urban downtown cores, allowing customers to send extra renewable self-generated electricity back into Calgary's electricity grid for others to use. In Calgary, Enmax already enables two-way power flow on its standard distribution system. But that's not the case on its secondary network, a highly specialized system used in the downtown core. Read more from the Calgary Herald.

Ontario Government Brings Forward Legislation to Cancel Cap and Trade Programcapandtradecancel

On July 25, 2018, Ontario government introduced Bill 4 - The Cap and Trade Cancellation Act. If passed, it will repeal the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and set out the legal framework the wind-down of the greenhouse gas cap and trade program including the compensation framework. In addition, the proposed legislation would require the establishment of targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. The Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks would also be required to prepare a climate change plan and to prepare progress reports in respect of the plan. On September 11, 2018 the Ontario government posted the bill for public comment on the new Environmental Bill of Rights website. The Bill has been posted for 30 days, with a deadline for comments of October 11, 2018. CanSIA intends to make a submission to demonstrate how solar can be a part of climate solution in Ontario and assist the new government in their new climate change strategy.
2018-2019 Strategic Projects
CanSIA launching new Strategic Projects for the 2018-19 membership year
CanSIA knows that many of its members want to play an active role in shaping the business environment for solar in Canada. To that end, CanSIA's Strategic Projects are designed to align with and leverage the strategic objectives of our member companies.

CanSIA has identified the following three strategic projects for the upcoming membership year which will help drive sustainable demand for solar energy across Canada.

Advancing Solar Technology Regulations in Ontario (ASTRO):
The Ontario solar electricity industry is now operating within a more market-driven and regulation-based context. The aim of the Advancing Solar Technology Regulations in Ontario (ASTRO) project is to work collaboratively with Ontario government departments and energy agencies to strategically position and implement existing and forthcoming electricity sector regulations to a) grow the Ontario solar electricity market, and; b) improve solar electricity economics. To learn more about ASTRO's targeted outcomes click here.

Alberta Solar Market Development (ASMD):
The aim of the Alberta Solar Market Development (ASMD) Strategic Project is to capture increasing near-term and long-term market opportunity for solar energy in Alberta's electricity supply-mix and to support the development of the policy and regulatory framework that can enable project development.   This 1-year project will build upon CanSIA's past market development initiatives in the province of Alberta to work toward existing policy commitments, giving rise to near-term solar market opportunities and a path to a sustainable long-term role for solar in the provinces' future electricity needs. To learn more about ASMD's targeted outcomes click here.

Building Public Support for Solar (BPSS):
Leveraging last year's Building Public Support for Solar (BPSS) efforts, this initiative will focus on growth of market opportunities for solar energy through increased public demand. BPSS aims to educate the public on the benefits of solar energy and demonstrate how they can get involved with the solar programs in their region with a trusted CanSIA Member organization. Increased public awareness and demand will be channeled into multi-partisan support for solar energy - informing political leaders and decision makers of the importance of solar energy. To learn more about the BPSS's targeted outcomes click here.
Getting Involved

Members at the Corporate 1, Corporate 2, and Supporter 1 levels are eligible to become Influencers by funding and participating in Strategic Projects. Influencers receive a number of exclusive benefits that are not available through traditional membership and, above all else, access information that can be applied to strategic business planning.

Contact Lisa Hatina , Business Development and Member Relations Manager, to learn more about how your company can participate in the 2018-19 Strategic Projects.