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Ontario’s Energy Mix Gets Greener Everyday Thanks To First Nations Partnerships

Ontario Power Generation (OPG), in partnership with the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, has completed its first-ever 44-megawatt solar facility at the former Nanticoke Generating Station site.

In 2016, the Independent Electricity System Operator awarded a contract to OPG and its partners to build Nanticoke Solar. OPG has a proud history of working in partnership with First Nations. This is its fourth First Nation partnership and it will further the legacy of producing more clean and renewable power for the province.

Located near Port Dover (about 130 kilometres or 81 miles from Toronto) on the shores of Lake Erie, the former Nanticoke Generating Station was first brought into service in 1972 and had a peak capacity of approximately 4,000 megawatts of power. 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. Demolition of the Station’s powerhouse is scheduled for September 2019 and will be followed by site restoration in 2020.

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