Sunny Shores is a 10 MW solar photovoltaic (solar PV) facility located in Picton, Ontario. The project consisted of grading and removal of minor vegetation as well as 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 in order 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, where the main power transformers increase the voltages to suit the electricity distribution grid.
A low-lying region in the middle of the project site presented a threat of flooding during the spring runoff season. To avoid this issue, the project team maximized the space within the site, arranging the solar arrays so that run off flows would be redirected through a culvert under the site. Despite construction taking place throughout the winter season, the project was completed on time and within the budget.