Please read on for important reminders regarding the PRE-NTP termination right waiver program from the OPA.
Developers have to submit both the waiver agreement as well as the domestic content plan by Friday October 14th. In their DC plan Developers already have to identify with which Equipment and Service Providers (ESPs) they will source components and services for their projects under the waiver. Here are some key informations regarding the waiver program to share with your clients.Deadlines
For Non-CAE Projects
- Waiver Agreement by October 14, 2011
- Domestic Content Plan (Waiver) by October 14, 2011
- Evidence of the purchase of Generating Equipment by November 30,2011
For CAE Projects
Be accurate – be complete
- Waiver Agreement by December 30, 2011
- Domestic Content Plan (Waiver) by December 30, 2011
All documents need to be filled out diligently, as the OPA will only be able to execute waivers that are complete and accurate. Don’t forget that all documents need to be submitted in hard copy to the OPA office addressed to the attention of the FIT Program and clearly identified with the contract ID on the package.
Should the OPA not receive ALL the related documentation their termination rights under Section 2.4 (a) of the FIT Contract will be automatically reinstatedThe Waiver program doesn’t change anything to the NTP Process
Participating in the waiver program does not change any of the responsibilities with regards to NTP; developers must still provide the OPA with an NTP Request and satisfy all NTP Pre-requisites. The DC Plan has been updated... but is still non-binding
The DC Plan has changed and now requires more “substantiation” of claims, but still is a non-binding document. Approval of a DC plan for either the waiver or for NTP does not guarantee that projects will ultimately respect Domestic Content Requirements. Some proacitve developers are already asking their ESPs to provide them with additional guarantees or even to be independently verified or CORE certified. Statutory Declarations
Are only required for non-CAE projects, and must be signed in front of a Commissioner for taking affidavits. Note that evidence of purchase agreements can take many forms but must absolutely be sumbitted for the purchase of all Generating Equipment.
By working with CORE certified ESPs, developers can limit both their risk and burden of proof with regards to domestic content, as well as have access to pre-formatted documentation for each project domestic content milestone. Reach out to us today for more information on how we can support your business with its domestic content needs.Are you a manufacturer selling to FIT projects in Ontario?
Get CORE certified today and:
- Get access to CORE preferred RFPs
- Get Pre-formatted documents to give your clients for each major domestic content milestone in the FIT Program
- Differentiate your products as domestic content compliant AND independently verified
The CORE Program is the only domestic content certification program in the industry and can be a great benefit to your operations.
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Etienne Lecompte - Managing Director