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Indoor Agricultural Call

Grants to Ontario Nonprofits and For-Profits to Decrease
Energy Use in Agricultural Production

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Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) -Grid Innovation Fund

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Grants to Ontario nonprofit and for-profit entities for innovative projects that decrease energy use in agricultural production. Priority will be given to projects taking place in regions that have identified or potential challenges in infrastructure. The purpose of the program is specifically to support projects focused on reducing electricity demand from indoor agriculture during local and bulk system peak periods.

Special consideration will be made for projects located in areas with identified or anticipated electricity infrastructure challenges related to indoor agriculture expansion.

At a high level, this targeted call aims to:

  • Accelerate the adoption of cost-effective demand-side solutions by greenhouse growers
  • Demonstrate the efficacy of demand-side options to address local transmission and distribution infrastructure capacity need(s)
  • Explore unknowns in the operationalization of demand-side options and the impact on greenhouse productivity

Project Type / Project Outcome:

  • Program - Testing of a new program or specific program element, resulting in the creation of a new program, a new program element or the revision of an existing program. The project must test the concept in a real-world environment and involve suitable partners. To determine cost-effectiveness, projects must have an evaluation, measurement and verification component.
  • Tool - Development and assessment of a new energy management tool or approach (e.g., policy, benchmarking solution, mapping technology) to establish feasibility and broader potential.
  • Training Program - Pilot of a targeted training program designed to close a skills gap.
  • Community of Practice - Formation of a self-sustaining network designed to facilitate sharing of information and best practices to target groups.
  • Strategic Research - Research study investigating a project or program concept, or adoption barriers and mitigation strategies for innovative energy solutions.
  • Emerging Technology Demonstration - Demonstration, measurement and verification of emerging technologies. The project must test a near-commercial technology in a real-world environment. Projects must have a measurement and verification component to determine cost effectiveness, electricity savings potential. Projects must have a minimum technology readiness level of 7 – prototype ready for demonstration in an appropriate operational environment.
  • Strategic Opportunity - Large-scale piloting of strategically important technologies, services, practices, or program approaches that cannot be effectively piloted at a smaller scale

In addition to delivering a specific outcome, projects must also directly address at least one of the following categories of action, specifically with regards to the indoor agriculture sector: 

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Demand Response
  • Conservation Behavior
  • Load Reduction
  • Load Displacement
  • System Integration

For more details, see Page 5 of the Guidelines document in Supporting Documents below.

For a list of eligible expenses, see page 9 of the Guidelines document.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187686

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum IESO support for project / Maximum % of project costs:

- Program $500,000 / 75%
- Tool $500,000 / 75%
- Training Program $250,000 / 75%
- Community of Practice $250,000 / 75%
- Strategic Research $100,000 / 75%
- Emerging Technology Demonstration $500,000 / 75%
- Strategic Opportunity $1,000,000 / 50%

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Per standard Grid Innovation Fund practice, proposals are welcomed from non-profit and forprofit incorporated entities, including but not limited to local distribution companies (LDCs), technology companies, consulting firms, industry associations, educational institutions, and public sector organizations.

Funding is not provided to individuals, including incorporated individuals and sole proprietorships.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see page 9 of the Guidelines document.

Pre-Application Information:

To apply for funding, complete the provided proposal template (see Appendix B – Proposal Template) and requested supporting documents (e.g. Letters of Support, project team CVs, etc.) and please email them between November 18, 2019 and February 14, 2020 with the words “Indoor Agriculture Targeted Call” in the subject line.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Grid Innovation Fund team via email to discuss their project prior to completing a submission to the fund. The Grid Innovation Fund team will work with applicants with highly-ranked proposals to refine proposals where the review committee has placed conditions on their recommendation to secure executive approval of fund investment by Q2 2020.

Applicants will be notified of the review committee outcome in Q2 2020.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario

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