Former coal-fired power plant in Ontario becomes solar facility

Ontario Power Generation announced it has completed its 44 MW solar facility, Nanticoke Solar, on the grounds of a coal plant, the former Nanticoke Generating Station site.

Nanticoke Generating Station stopped using coal as fuel in 2013 after more than 40 years of electricity generation. OPG burned its last piece of coal for electricity generation in Ontario in April 2014 — Ontario was the first jurisdiction on the continent to eliminate coal for use in electricity generation.

The plant’s stacks were only demolished a little more than a year ago, and PCL Construction was awarded the contract on March 13, 2018. In about a year, the project was completed. Nanticoke Solar is made up of 192,431 solar panels spanning 260 acres on the shore of Lake Erie.

OPG partnered with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation on the project.

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