OPG finishes 44 MW of solar in Ontario

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OPG worked on the installation, which spans 260 acres, in cooperation with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. The Toronto-based utility first announced the 44 MW solar project last year. The collaboration is its fourth First Nation partnership, according to an online statement. It did not reveal the PV module supplier for the project.

“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.

The Canadian province’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) selected OPG to develop Nanticoke Solar in 2016. PCL Construction, meanwhile, won the construction contract for the project in March 2018. As the EPC services provider, the Edmonton-based company also secured the supply contract for the installation’s PV modules and racking system.

“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.

The old 4 GW Nanticoke Generating Station opened in 1972 and ceased operations at the end of 2013. A year later, the province of Ontario became the first jurisdiction on the continent to cut coal from its electricity generation portfolio. Nanticoke’s powerhouse will be demolished in September of this year, with full restoration of the site scheduled for some point next year.