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ONT ONLY - microFIT solar panel program: 10-14% return for 20 yrs * FAT LADY HAS SUNG

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  • Dec 7th, 2017 4:33 pm
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Frankdee wrote:
Nov 18th, 2017 5:33 pm
Worst November in many years for solar.
Yep - my average has been about 580 kWh but I am on track for more like 400 this year.
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Received this email..
On December 1, 2017, the microFIT Program reached the 50 MW Annual Procurement Target allocated for 2017. As a result, the IESO will not accept any further applications under the microFIT Program. The application window for the microFIT Program has officially closed. As stated in the November 14, 2017, program update, applications that were submitted on or before the application closure date will only be reviewed if capacity becomes available in the Annual Procurement Target by December 29, 2017. Any application that is not allocated to the Annual Procurement Target (i.e., any application that has not been set to Pending LDC Offer to Connect status) by December 29, 2017, will be terminated.

Applications that have been set to Pending LDC Offer to Connect status by December 29, 2017, will continue to be processed in accordance with the microFIT Rules.

Per the direction issued by the Minister of Energy on April 5, 2016, the IESO is required to stop accepting applications under the microFIT Program by December 31, 2017, and the direction set the Annual Procurement Target at 50 MW.

Those interested in small-scale renewable generation may consider contacting their local distribution company to determine if there are any net metering opportunities in their area. The Ministry of Energy recently published its 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan, which, among other things, outlined how the government is enhancing the net metering program to give businesses and consumers more opportunities to generate and store renewable electricity. For further information on net metering in Ontario, please contact your local distribution company.

The IESO thanks everyone for their interest and participation in the microFIT Program. Since it began in 2009, more than 26,000 contracts have been awarded to microFIT participants, representing over 230 MW of renewable energy.
Looks like the end has finally come..!
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Wow, 30.33, 14.80, 30.27 so far for December

Maybe December will beat my 515.19 KwH generated in November.
Last edited by alanbrenton on Dec 3rd, 2017 10:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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November sucked for me - 419 vs 563 and 611 the previous two years. The first few days of Dec were Ok averaging 11/day. The last couple of years my Dec production has totaled around 250.

@alanbrenton - Where are you based? And how big is your system - those are great number.
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^ I live close to the border of Burlington/Oakville and about one kilometer from Lake Ontario.

My inverters are only 8.8 kW in total (thanks to the contractor who didn't bother asking if I wanted to pay a thousand more to get to 10) and maybe the panels are around 10ish.
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But you seem to be doing very well despite those limitations. I thought my system did well but you seem to do much better and I have a 10kW inverter and 40x250W panels. I live in Scarborough about 500m north of the lake near Markham Rd and I have an unobstructed view to the Southeast.

FYI you can see my output here https://pvoutput.org/list.jsp?userid=51414
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Maybe we don't have mature trees and we did opt for a 9' basement and 2nd floor (9' ground was standard) and our roof maybe sits a bit higher than our neighbors?

Our panels are actually on the South and on the East. I just realized that a couple of months ago, lol. Thought SW was usually optimal but our panels were on the east end of the property.
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498.80 kWh for Nov, compared to 644.87 last year.
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Aug 25, 2014
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Does anyone have APS Micro inverter that feeds into PVOutput?

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