The Atmospheric Fund (TAF) has announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for designing a solar and storage program in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA).

The initiative, aimed at catalyzing the adoption of distributed electricity generation, underscores Ontario’s potential for significant growth in behind-the-meter (BTM) solar capacity. interviewed Julia Langer, CEO of “The Atmospheric Fund (TAF)” back in 2019:

About the RFP

The primary objective of the RFP is to engage a consultant for the development of a comprehensive solar and storage program. The focus is on facilitating the integration of distributed electricity generation systems in the GTHA, an area identified for its potential growth in behind-the-meter (BTM) solar capacity.

The move comes at a time when Ontario’s electricity demand is projected to rise by 82% by 2040. The region faces the dual challenge of meeting this growing energy demand while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The RFP is part of a strategic effort to shift towards more localized and sustainable energy solutions.

The program aims to address several key challenges, including navigating regulatory landscapes, raising public awareness about solar energy, and creating specialized financing solutions for smaller solar projects. Drawing insights from successful solar adoption in other regions, the RFP is geared towards creating a more efficient and customer-focused approach to solar energy adoption.

Evaluation Criteria and Process

Proposals submitted in response to the RFP will be evaluated on various criteria, including the proposer’s understanding of the project, relevant experience, and cost-effectiveness. The deadline for submissions is set for February 1, 2024, with the selection process leading to an expected contract commencement date of February 19, 2024.

Implications for the Region

This RFP is a key step in the GTHA’s journey towards a more sustainable energy future. It reflects a growing trend of regions actively seeking solutions to balance energy needs with environmental responsibilities.

The outcome of this RFP could set a precedent for similar initiatives in other regions looking to harness renewable energy sources.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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