A summary of funding and incentive programs available for biogas developers.
The Energy Partnerships Program offered by the IESO provides funding to communities and organizations for activities that help them prepare and develop renewable energy projects. The Project Development Stream funds soft costs associated with developing renewable energy projects under the FIT Program, including obtaining regulatory approvals. Applications are currently being accepted on an ongoing basis and evaluated at set dates throughout the year.
On August 14th, Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, announced that Ontario is investing in local projects that will help to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution by launching a new program for municipalities across the province. This initiative is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funding by proceeds from the province’s carbon market. Ontario’s new Municipal GHG Challenge Fund will support projects such as renewable energy and energy efficiency retrofits to municipal facilities like arenas, and making energy-efficiency upgrades to drinking water or wastewater treatment plants, to achieve long-term and cost-effective pollution reductions.
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 feasibility 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 Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ new Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program provides funding, training and resources to help municipalities adapt to the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The program is funded by the Government of Canada. Grants of up to $175,000 to develop plans and studies to reduce GHG emissions and help your community adapt to impacts of climate change, such as extreme temperatures, flooding and drought are available now. Apply today.
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.