The Ontario Ministry of the Environment has issued a comprehensive guide to navigating the provincial approval process for renewable energy projects. The guide is intended to help project proponents understand the process and requirements for applying for a renewable energy approval ("REA") under the Environmental Protection Act (Ontario). It includes:

  • an overview of the approvals process;
  • a discussion of consultation requirements;
  • requirements regarding the protection of cultural heritage and the natural environment; and
  • specific requirements for wind, solar, bio-energy and waterpower facilities.

The MOE has also published separate guidance to help wind farm developers comply with new noise setback requirements.

More information about the REA process may be found on the MOE's website.

The MOE is rumoured to be planning to issue its first REA by March 31, 2010.