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Feed-in Tariff risks and opportunities to be discussed at forum

Wind and solar developers, manufacturers, suppliers and Ontario Feed-in Tariff administrators will be gathering on October 5-6 in Toronto for the Ontario Feed-in Tariff Supply Chain Forum. The aim of the forum, say organizers, is to answer the critical questions around supply chains challenges for wind and solar FIT projects, including transmission expansion and Economic Connection Tests (ECTs). The event include will include over 50 speakers and is sponsored by Navigant Consulting, Siemens and Enfinity.


“Ontario’s FIT program has accelerated the adoption of solar PV in Ontario; however, the long-term success of the program will rely heavily on the supply chain,” said Chris Young, General Manager, Enfinity Canada Ltd. “Collaboration between stakeholders is important as we work toward achieving a supply chain that is responsive and sustainable while delivering solutions that are cost-competitive, reliable and bankable in the global market and meet domestic policy requirements.”


The forum presents an opportunity for FIT project developers, wind and solar manufacturers and suppliers, and scheme administrators to discuss the FIT scheme and outline the necessary steps to ensure the program’s success.


Vancouver-based Day4 Energy, who is licensing its solar technology to select Ontario manufacturers looking to diversify, will be presenting at the forum.


“I’m looking forward to hearing the issues that others in PV supply are facing and how they are dealing with them,” said John Stonier, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Treasurer at Day4 Energy. “This is a new market with many opportunities to explore. The forum provides an excellent opportunity to understand them.”


The Ontario Feed-in Tariff Supply Chain Forum is being supported by a strong group of industry organizations and partners including the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), The Great Lakes Wind Network (GLWN), the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association (OSEA), the Association of Power Producers of Ontario (APPrO), Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME), The Green Energy Act Alliance, the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance (CanREA), Canada Newswire, Electricity Today, Renewable Energy World, Recharge and McMillan LLP.


For more information on the forum, visit

September 6, 2010  By  John Gilson

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