Ontario Power Generation (OPG) and its partners have scored a big victory in its effort to development of a 44-MW solar power project on property adjoining the Nanticoke Generating Station site on Lake Erie.
OPG announced March 11 that it and its partners, SunEdison Canadian Construction LP and Six Nations Development Corp., have been selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator to develop the facility.
“I am thrilled with this opportunity,” says OPG’s President and CEO Jeff Lyash. “OPG is already Ontario’s largest renewable energy producer and this will be an important addition to our portfolio. We stopped burning coal at Nanticoke in December 2013 and this is an investment in a cleaner energy future for Ontario,” Lyash said.
“The project aligns with our community values of sustainability and environmental prosperity,” Six Nation’s Development President and CEO Matt Jamieson.
“This project is a great example of how countries are retiring coal plants and replacing them with clean, renewable power plants,” said SunEdison Vice President and Country Manager for Canada Michelle Chislett.
This is OPG’s fourth First Nation’s partnership. These partnerships have helped produce more renewable generation from Lac Seul (Lac Seul First Nation), the Lower Mattagami River (Moose Cree First Nation), and most recently the Peter Sutherland Generating Station on New Post Creek (Taykwa Tagamou Nation), which is currently under construction. OPG also recently settled the last of its 23 outstanding past grievances with First Nations communities.
The partners will now work together to obtain the required approvals and contracts needed to start construction.
OPG provides about half the power Ontario relies on at a cost that is about 40% less than the rest of the market. OPG says its electricity is 99.7% free of greenhouse gas and smog causing emissions.
Construction would start in 2017 and last about two years. Operation would start in 2018 or 2019. The facility would operate for an estimated 20 years.