In September of 2012, the City of Toronto in partnership with Toronto Hydro, launched the first phase of a program that will see City-owned buildings outfitted with solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. The Toronto Renewable Energy Office (TREO), in the Environment & Energy Division, is the City's lead on the program.
The first phase of the Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was completed in June 2014 and the second phase was completed in 2016, resulting in 20 Solar PV rooftop systems operating on City facilities totalling 2.5 MW of installed capacity.
Under the FIT program, phases 1 and 2 of solar PV installations: generate over 3,300 megawatt (MWh) of electricity annually, equivalent to the usage of about 280 households; reduce greenhouse gas emissions by about 147 tonnes each year; and produce approximately $34 million in revenue over 20 years, by feeding electricity into Toronto's grid.
In October of 2016, the City will be commencing the third phase of the program under FIT 4.0, which will result in the installation of 40+ Solar PV rooftop systems operating on City facilities totalling 6.0 MW of installed capacity. They will generate aproximately 7,800 megawatt hours of electricity annually, which is roughly equivalent to the consumption of 350 households, and will result in the reduction of approximately 353 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.