Resources Quarterly - WINTER 2013 - page 45

Resources Quarterly
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his team, who now number five, work as an inter-
mediary for their clients, negotiating agreements,
establishing equipment and supplier relationships,
developing connec-
tion agreements with
the local utility and
navigating the complex
and lengthy permit and
approval processes.
The team essen-
tially become project
managers connect-
ing experts, providing
checklists for things
that must be consid-
ered and connecting
the dots between the
services needed and the processes that must be sat-
isfied. “We have a network of contractors, suppliers
and lawyers, among other specialties, who can help
us take a project to commercial operation.”
A solar installation for instance can require six
months or longer to get approval and requires an
application fee and security deposit. Building own-
ers where rooftop installations are being consid-
ered must also factor
in insurance approvals,
the condition of and in-
tegrity of the roof and
whether the existing
electrical system will
have the capacity to
allow a connection.
Wagner says the
Ontario government
currently has three cat-
egories for solar proj-
ects: microFIT projects
which are less than 10
kw; a 10-500 kw category; and greater than 500kw
projects which are constructed through a complex
request for tender process.
“The biggest opportunity right now is in the
10-500kw category,” he says. “The government
has committed to issuing a limited number of
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