PCL was enlisted to update the Lily Lake Solar Farm in Peterborough by replacing the existing 2.5MW solar panels and associated infrastructure. The existing 140-acre facility used ballast and ground screw foundations and opti-solar modules, which had become outdated. PCL thus provided the installation of new crystalline silicon solar modules, foundation posts, steel racking, and electrical cables. This involved the design of five 500KW, 600V array solar blocks, and the development of a DC overbuild within the operating design of inverter specifications.
To uphold Ontario’s strict renewable energy policies and requirements, PCL’s dedicated team of specialists ensured that all regulations for this project, including those needed to protect the client’s investment, were met. Due to the sheer volume of the product materials, the project team adhered to a strict schedule involving day-to-day meetings and ‘just-in-time’ deliveries. This also required an extensive material handling system, which maximized the efficiency and quality of the product. A rigorous performance testing and commissioning program for the completed system ensured that the solar farm is performing as designed, which now provides 20-30% more energy to Peterborough’s electricity grid. The project was completed ahead of schedule and within the budget.