Frequently Asked Questions - MPSEPP

 
  1. What kinds of costs will be eligible for funding under the Interim MPSEPP Program?
  2. How soon can we apply for funding?
  3. How much funding can my municipality or public sector entity receive?
  4. How do I know if my Municipality or Public Sector Entity is eligible?
  5. What types of Projects are eligible for funding?
  6. My municipality or public sector entity already has a FIT Contract, can I apply for reimbursement funding?
  7. Are microFIT Projects (10 kilowatts or less) eligible for this funding?
  8. Who can I contact for more information about this funding?
     

 
1. What kinds of costs will be eligible for funding under the Interim MPSEPP Program?
Funding under the Interim MPSEPP Program includes independent legal, technical and financial costs associated with developing and instituting the organizational structure that will own the Project and/or the costs associated with due diligence to assess whether the Applicant should enter into a business partnership with a Project partner (i.e. to obtain an Economic Interest).

MPSEPP is divided into two Applicant streams for municipalities and public sector entities. Up to $500,000 is available for municipalities and $500,000 is available for public sector entities. This funding will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis based on the timestamp that is provided at the time an Application has been validated by the OPA. Please see the Program Rules for the complete Application Review process.
 

2. How soon can we apply for funding?
The Interim MPSEPP Program began accepting applications on September 17, 2013. Applications must be received by the OPA by November 12, 2013 at 12:00 noon in order to be eligible for funding. The OPA will not validate the Timestamp of an Application that is incomplete or is missing requisite supporting documentation. Funding will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis as determined by the date and time of the validated Application Timestamp. Please see the Program Rules for the complete Application Review process.
 

3. How much funding can my Municipality or Public Sector Entity receive?
Applicants who are pursuing three or more proposed FIT Projects are eligible for up to $40,000 at
80 percent of actual costs per municipality/public sector entity.

Applicants who are pursuing two proposed FIT Projects are eligible for up to $30,000 at 80 percent of actual costs.

Applicants who are pursuing a single proposed FIT Project are eligible for up to $20,000 at 80 percent of actual costs.

Please note: Funding is limited to Projects without a FIT Contract only.
 

4. How do I know if my municipality or public sector entity is eligible?
An eligible public sector entity is a school, college, university, hospital, long-term care home, public transit service or Metrolinx, as defined by the FIT Program Rules.

An eligible municipality must meet the definition of a municipality as defined in the Municipal Act, 2011, SO 2011, c25.

The municipality or public sector entity must intend to submit one or more FIT Applications during the next period during which the OPA accepts such applications.
 

5. What types of Projects are eligible for funding?
Municipalities and public sector entities that are proposing to develop or partner on a renewable energy Project, greater than 10 kilowatts and up to an including 500 kilowatts in size, may be eligible to apply. The Fund supports eligible Applicants that intend to apply to the next Application Period under the FIT Program. Eligible renewable energy technologies include solar photovoltaic (PV), waterpower, bioenergy and wind.
 

6. My municipality or public sector entity already has a FIT Contract, can I apply for reimbursement funding?
Projects with a FIT Contract are not eligible for funding under the Interim MPSEPP Program. In addition, the Program does not offer funding for costs already incurred. 
 

7. Are microFIT Projects (10 kilowatts or less) eligible for this funding?
No, funding under the Interim Program only provides support to Projects that are greater than 10 kilowatts and up to and including 500 kilowatts in size.
 

8. Who can I contact for more information about this funding?
For inquiries about the Interim Program, please email MPSEPP@powerauthority.on.ca or call
416-969-6317.