Micro-FIT Project (Solar Panels)

The 10kWh microFIT Solar Panel project was operational in February 2014. The project was approved in August 2013 and granted a contract under the IESO Micro-FIT 2.0 rules. The microFIT Program was launched in 2009 as part of the Ontario government’s efforts to increase renewable energy in the province. The program provides Eligible Participants with the opportunity to develop a “micro” renewable electricity generation project (10 kilowatts or less in size) on their property. Our project has met the Eligibility requirements at the time of approval, which included using one of the approved renewable energy types; project being located in Ontario; not having an existing IESO or Ontario Power Authority contract; being connected, directly or indirectly, to the IESO-controlled grid through a local distribution company’s (LDC) distribution system; having a separate meter, as specified by the LDC, suitable for data collection and payment calculation as well as satisfying a number of Applicant Eligibility and Location Eligibility requirement (to qualify as a rooftop facility, the IESO must be satisfied that the building on which the solar PV project is located is an appropriate type of building) In the first 2.5 years of operation, the project has generated the statistics in the figure below, which demonstrate the positive impact that the project had over the environment and the community. An internet-connected wireless system has been installed that provide real-time generation statistics:

            FIT Projects (FIT 5.01 application)

Our company is currently working on a number of alternatives for FIT (Feed-in-Tariff) projects that are water-based. These projects have a number of advantages compared to our first clean-energy generating project presented above which was based on solar energy, namely being able to perform at maximum capacity 24h/24 for a few months per year, the only limitation being lower water flows in summer months that would reduce the output volume, while the electricity would always keep being produced at night.

A feed-in tariff or FIT is a standardized way to contract for renewable energy generation. It provides standardized program rules, prices and contracts. Ontario's FIT Program is one of North America's first comprehensive structure for renewable electricity production. The FIT Program was enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, 2009 that was passed into law on May 14, 2009. The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is responsible for implementing the program.

            Research & Development

Acorn Green Environment designs its own high efficiency systems, taking into account the particularities of the pre-existing site, as well as the inherent characteristics of the local electricity grid where the system will be connected. Our designs are based on detailed simulations taking into account historical flows of the river and various other factors such as the height of the dam, which influence our research and development approach to obtain custom-tailored solutions that achieve the maximum efficiency with minimum modifications to the water bed.

The above image presents an example of one of various prototype turbines envisioned by Prof. Ghinda. Its novel characteristics, beyond the custom shape is the use of fiberglass which has the advantage of being much lighter, while maintaining same material strength as a steel design. The turbine pictured above is at a scale of 1:2 to 1:5, depending of the installation power Nonetheless, this is only one of the potential designs envisioned by our company and is presented for demonstration purposes only, the implemented systems may use different solutions.