In 2016, the Independent Electricity System
Operator awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build Nanticoke Solar.
OPG has a proud history of working in partnership with First Nations. This is
our fourth First Nation partnership and it will further the legacy of producing
more clean and renewable power for the province. PCL Construction was
awarded the construction contract for the Nanticoke Solar Project on March
13, 2018. It was also awarded the supply contract for the project's photovoltaic
(PV) solar panels and racking system.
Located near Port Dover on the
shores of Lake Erie, the former Nanticoke Generating Station was first
brought into service in 1972 and had a peak capacity of approximately 4,000
megawatts of power. The station burned its last piece of coal on Dec. 31,
2013. The following year, Ontario became the first jurisdiction
in North America to eliminate coal as a source of electricity
production. Demolition of the Station's powerhouse is scheduled for September
2019 and will be followed by site restoration in 2020.
OPG is one of the most diverse electricity
generators in North America. It produces about half of the electricity
Ontarians rely on every day, and its clean, safe, power costs an average of 40%
less than other generators.
"We've partnered with the Six Nations of
the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit
First Nation, on this important initiative," said OPG's Mike Martelli,
President of Renewable Generation. "Building and sustaining a clean, low
cost electricity system is fundamental to a healthy environment and a strong,
low-carbon economy. Nanticoke Solar is a continuation of OPG's rich legacy of
generating electricity in this community."
"Investment opportunities, such as the
Nanticoke Solar Project, are direct contributors to the Six Nations Economic
Development Trust which provides critical funding used to address our
Community's needs and priorities," said Chief Ava Hill of the
Six Nations of the Grand River.
"We are committed to investing in
sustainable partnerships that deliver not only economic benefits but also
employment & training opportunities to our beneficiary – the Six
Nations Community," said Hilary Visheau, Chair of Six Nations Grand
River Development Corporation's Advisory Committee.
"The Mississaugas of the Credit First
Nation hail this partnership as an important economic development,"
Chief Stacey Laforme said. "This is a very positive development
for MCFN. Gone are the days when our First Nation suffered the burdens of the
development of our territory without sharing in the benefits. This project,
along with others, sets the stage for future mutually-beneficial partnerships
with OPG and others about developments across our territory. We look forward to
working with OPG as partners in this project as it moves ahead."
"Our company takes pride in all of the
projects we build, and the Nanticoke Solar Facility is one of many exciting
PCL-built projects in the rapidly growing sustainable energy sector," said Andrew
Moles, PCL Construction's Director of Solar. "Through the expertise of our
solar energy team, and the relationships fostered with top suppliers and
consultants, we were able to construct, generate and store reliable, renewable
power quickly and efficiently, while ensuring the highest standard of quality
for OPG, First Nations and the local community."
BACKGROUNDER: NANTICOKE SOLAR
- In 2016, OPG and its
partners were selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator to
develop a 44-megawatt (MW) solar facility on lands near, and on OPG's Nanticoke
- Construction of the
solar facility is now complete and opened on March 29, 2019.
- Nanticoke Solar is
OPG's fourth partnership with Ontario's First Nations. The Lac Seul
GS (in partnership with Lac Seul First Nation), the Lower Mattagami River
Project (in partnership with Moose Cree First Nation), and the recently
completed Peter Sutherland Senior GS (in partnership with Taykwa Tagamou
Nation) have all helped to produce more clean, renewable power for the
- PCL Construction was
awarded the contract to design, engineer and construct the Nanticoke Solar
Project on March 13, 2018. It was also awarded the supply contract
for the project's photovoltaic (PV) solar panels and racking system.
- 192,431 solar panels
span 260 acres on the shore of Lake Erie.
- Nanticoke Generating
Station (GS) stopped using coal as fuel in 2013, having served Ontario for
more than 40 years, providing reliable electricity when the system needed it.
- In April of 2014, OPG
burned its last piece of coal to generate electricity in Ontario. This
move away from coal was North America's single largest climate change
initiative and the equivalent of taking seven million cars off the road. It
also made Ontario the first jurisdiction in North America to
eliminate coal as a source of generation.
- In July 2015, the
Nanticoke Generating site was safely closed while the switchyards at Nanticoke,
operated by Hydro One Networks Inc., remain in operation as a significant hub
for the electricity grid in southwestern Ontario.
- OPG is in the process
of removing buildings and structures from the Nanticoke site and
remediating the former coal yard area. Site remediation work will be completed
by the end of 2020.
- Demolition of the
stacks occurred on February 28, 2018.
- Demolition of the
Powerhouse is slated for September 2019.
SOURCE Ontario Power Generation Inc.
For further information: Ontario Power
Generation. 416-592-4008 or 1-877-592-4008.
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