Standing Offer Program

Program updates

February 21, 2017

SOP Target Volume for 2020 and Beyond

We are making some changes to our Standing Offer program to ensure the price we pay for electricity reflects the current cost of new clean technologies, which has declined in recent years. All available annual volume for 2019 has been assigned, and the price and volume beyond 2019 are currently under review. We will not assign any additional volume for 2020 and beyond until we determine the future price and annual volume.

As we establish the new program price and volume, we will continue to receive and review applications. Once applications meet all the key requirements of the Program, applicants will be notified by BC Hydro and their applications will be placed in a priority queue. We will process applications in the order of the queue once the price and annual volume have been set.

Please note, as of the date of this notice, we are processing eight applications for queue positions.

Micro-Standing Offer program projects will continue to be accepted.

Additional updates

We've updated our list of current accepted applications and the available energy volume under the target for 2017 and 2018.

Standing Offer Program rules

The Standing Offer Program Rules [PDF, 1.5 MB] explain the eligibility requirements, the payment price we offer for projects reaching commercial operation through calendar year 2019, the interconnections requirements, and the application process.

For clean or renewable electricity projects over 100 kW up to and including 15 MW

Our Standing Offer Program encourages the development of small clean or renewable electricity projects throughout B.C., as guided by the principles and policies set out in the 2007 BC Energy Plan and the 2010 Clean Energy Act.