A summary of funding and incentive programs available for biogas developers.
In a major development, the Canadian Gas Association and Sustainable Development Technology Canada announced the creation of the SD Natural Gas Fund™. The new fund supports the development and demonstration of new downstream natural gas technology. The fund was created with a $15 million contribution over three years from the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) that is matched through SDTC’s SD Tech Fund™. This Fund will identify and support natural gas technologies that will generate cleaner energy, create new jobs and stimulate economic growth in Canada.
One of the applications supported through the fund is renewable natural gas (RNG), specifically technologies that improve cleanup economics, cost-effective small-scale anaerobic digesters. The fund accepts applications twice a year, through a phased process starting with a Statement of Interest. The first deadline for Statements of Interest is April 16th; the next deadline has not been posted.
Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009, and implemented by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) offers set prices for electricity generated from on-farm biogas (≤ 250kW) and biogas (≤ 500kW). For an updated listing of prices and application windows visit http://fit.powerauthority.on.ca/what-feed-tariff-program.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund provides grants and low interest loans to municipalities in support of activities in the following sectors: brownfields, energy, transportation, waste and water. Grants are offered for developing sustainable community plans, conducting feasability studies and field tests (up to 50% of costs to a maximum of $350,000) and loans are offered to implement projects. In the waste sector, funding is available to support waste diversion projects. Eligible applicants can request up to $4 million in loans and $400,000 in grants for each project. Rates for municipalities are 1.5 per cent lower than the Government of Canada bond rate and even further below market rates.
The National Research Council (NRC) of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) is making available up to $10,000 to employ Canadian youth between 15-30 years of age. Companies eligible for this program must be considered “Green” by having their business align with the green economy sectors of industries. The companies need to be incorporated and have 1 to 500 full-time employees. These Green companies must use the hired Youth to produce an environmental benefit. For further information or to determine if you qualify, please contact NRC-IRAP at (416) 973-2626 or Shawn.Saleem@nrc-cnrc.gc.ca. Please also visit the NRC website and refer to the Youth-Green Program.
Natural Resources Canada is providing funding to support clean energy innovation through the Energy Innovation Program. Accelerating clean technology research and development is a key component of the Government of Canada’s approach to promoting sustainable economic growth and to supporting Canada’s transition towards a low-carbon economy. Proposals are being requested for engineering design projects on renewable, smart grid and energy storage systems that will help reduce the economic, environmental, and health risks associated with air pollution and climate change. The application deadline is October 31, 2016.