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Brantgate Solar Farm

Project Overview

Brantgate is an 8 MW solar photovoltaic (solar PV) facility located on approximately 32 hectares of land that is 14 km southwest of Brantford. The project involved the erection of 44,000 modules that generate direct current electricity when exposed to sunlight. PCL first took charge of grading and minor vegetation removal, then moved on to the installation of facilities including racking structures, solar panels, underground cabling, inverters, and substation components. The project team was also responsible for testing and commissioning. The solar panel arrays were mounted off the ground in rows with a fixed tilt angle facing the south to catch the sun’s rays. Energy stored by the panels is collected through underground cabling by inverter/transformer pairs, which convert DC electricity to alternating current (AC) at a specific voltage. The AC current then continues from the inverters to a modular collection substation where the main power transformers increase the voltages to suit the electricity distribution grid. Brantgate is a part of the Ontario Feed-in-Tariff program, and despite being constructed throughout the winter, was completed on time and within budget.

DETAILS

CLIENT:
Brantgate Solar Farm Partnership
PROJECT LOCATION:
Brantford, ON
PCL OFFICE:
Toronto – Buildings & Civil Construction
COMPANY:
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
SECTOR:
Civil
MARKET:
Green - Sustainable Construction
DELIVERY METHOD:
General Contracting