Canada replaces largest North American coal plant with solar

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Canada’s Ontario Power Generation (OPG) – working in cooperation with the the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation – announced last week that they had successfully completed a 44 MW solar facility on the site of the former Nanticoke Generating Station, once the largest coal-fired power plant in North America. At full capacity, the Nanticoke Generating Station once delivered 3,946 MW of power into the southern Ontario power grid. However, it burned its last lump of coal on December 31, 2013, and in 2014 Ontario became the first jurisdiction in North America to entirely remove coal from its energy mix. In 2016, the province’s Independent Electricity System Operator awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build the 44MW Nanticoke Solar, consisting of 192,431 solar panels spanning 260 acres on the shore of Lake Erie. Construction of the facility was completed last month and was brought fully online on March 29. “We’ve partnered with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, on this important initiative,” said OPG’s Mike Martelli, President of Renewable Generation . “Building and sustaining a […]

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