EDF EN Canada Inc., a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles, has secured two 20-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for a total of 22 MW AC of solar energy.
Selected by the IESO under the province’s first large renewable procurement request for proposals, these two projects represent a partnership between EDF EN Canada and the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation.
According to the developer, the 10 MW AC Barlow Solar Energy Center is situated on privately owned land located within the township of South Stormont and interconnected through the city of Cornwall. The 12 MW AC Pendleton Solar Energy Center is situated on privately owned land within the township of Alfred and Plantagenet. Together, the two projects are expected to create more than 150 jobs during construction, says EDF EN Canada.
Construction is planned for 2018, following the receipt of all required provincial and municipal approvals and permits. Commercial operation is expected by the end of 2018. The company says it will continue to engage with local communities, aboriginal communities and other key stakeholders throughout the development process.
Chief Kirby Whiteduck of the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation says, “As stewards of the land for the next seven generations, the Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn are excited to form a partnership with EDF EN Canada for the development and generation of renewable energy. This initiative will bring forth important economic benefits to the First Nation while continuing to foster the preservation of our environment and our further objective of partnering with our non-Algonquin neighbors.”