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Ontario Coal Plant Demolished To Make Way For Solar

Time: 3/2/2018 9:27:32 AM                       Publisher: Staff

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) has safely demolished the stacks of the former Nanticoke Generating Station (GS) – which was at one time the largest coal-fired generating station in the world – and is turning the site into a solar facility.


The site is now being transformed into the 200,000-panel, 44 MW Nanticoke Solar Project, a partnership between OPG and the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp. Nanticoke Solar is OPG’s fourth partnership with Ontario’s First Nations.


“As Ontario nears the fourth anniversary of eliminating coal, few events could be more symbolic than having the stacks brought down at the site of the former Nanticoke Generating Station,” comments Glenn Thibeault, Ontario’s minister of energy. “At its peak, Nanticoke Generating Station was one of the largest air polluters in North America. Ontario’s elimination of coal for electricity generation remains the single largest climate change initiative undertaken in North America and was the equivalent of taking up to seven million cars off of our roads.”


Located near Port Dover on the shores of Lake Erie, Nanticoke GS was first brought into service in 1972 and produced 4,000 MW of power for the province at its peak. 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.


In 2016, OPG, along with its partner, the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corp., was selected by the Independent Electricity System Operator to develop a 44 MW solar facility on and near the Nanticoke site. While the Nanticoke Solar Project is currently in the approval phase, construction of the facility is set to begin once the site has been completely cleared. The solar facility is expected to be completed and online in 2019.


“The change of OPG’s Nanticoke site from harmful coal to a new, green solar farm mirrors the transformation of Ontario’s electricity sector,” adds Mike Martelli, OPG’s president of renewable generation and power marketing. “OPG’s power is now more than 99 percent free of smog and carbon emissions, making Ontario one of the cleanest electricity jurisdictions in the world.”

Source: Solar Industry

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