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Expertise

An Expert Partner to Power
Canada’s Sustainable Future

TECHNOLOGIES

A Breadth of Technologies to Support Canada's Low-Carbon Economy

From remote to onsite generation, our team helps our partners participate in Canada’s clean energy evolution at a scale that fits their organizational and community objectives. Likewise, our development expertise across hydro, wind, solar and storage technologies enables us to create renewable power solutions that meet our partners’ energy requirements. Through this approach, we can support their clean energy ambitions, great or small.

  • Hydropower
    OVERVIEW

    Hydro is a clean and reliable renewable technology that generates 63% of Canada’s electricity, making our country the second largest producer in the world. Facilities can be either run-of-river, where generation is dependent on daily and seasonal river flow, or equipped with a storage reservoir, enabling operators to control generation based on demand in addition to assisting with flood control.

    Generation
    Reservoir:Peaking
    Run-of-River:Baseload
    Lifespan
    Perpetual
    RESOURCE BENEFITS

    Small- to large-scale output that balances intermittent generation:

    • Reservoir: Flexible and dispatchable output
    • Run-of-River: 24/7 production (as available)
  • Wind
    OVERVIEW

    With every province benefiting from wind energy, it is the second most prevalent renewable resource in Canada. Although wind farms are designed to last 25+ years, they can be “repowered” by replacing older components with newer technologies to extend their useful life for two more decades.

    Generation
    Intermittent
    Lifespan
    25+ years
    RESOURCE BENEFITS

    • Broad geographic application
    • High output and little acreage required compared to other technologies
    • Relatively high output

    Information from the National Energy Board of Canada

  • Solar
    OVERVIEW

    Solar power is a small but rapidly growing source of electricity for Canadians, with 2,000 MW in capacity added since 2013. Solar can be employed either “behind the meter”, supplying customers directly, or “in front of the meter” through utility scale solar farms.

    Generation
    Intermittent
    Lifespan
    25+ years
    RESOURCE BENEFITS

    Broad application, both in geography and scale

    • Distributed generation: On-site
    • Utility-scale: Remote

    Information from the National Energy Board of Canada

  • Storage

    Storage technologies enable intermittent generation to be stored, either seasonally or hourly, while offering short-term grid stabilisation.

    BATTERY OVERVIEW

    As an emerging technology, battery storage is being progressively tested in commercial applications in Canada.

    PUMP STORAGE OVERVIEW

    Pump storage creates energy by pumping water to an uphill reservoir which is then released when power is required, producing electricity through hydropower.

    Generation
    Flexible
    Lifespan
    Battery:10 years
    Pump Storage:Perpetual
    RESOURCE BENEFITS

    Reliable, balances intermittent generation

    • Battery: Small scale
    • Pump Storage: Large scale
Development Capabilities

Building a Low-Carbon Future One Project at a Time

For over 20 years, we’ve been developing, building and optimizing hydro and wind projects, bringing renewable energy to local communities across Canada. Our solid development expertise makes us a partner of choice to advise our clients on project design that meet their financial and sustainability objectives while effectively addressing their evolving renewable energy needs. In doing so, our clients are shifting their regional energy supply towards clean, renewable power, one project at a time.

Rachel Vanasse, P.ENG

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

In developing new projects, we consider several aspects, including project design, environmental protection and community interests, to establish our strategy. In addition to staying abreast of the latest technological developments, we conduct engineering and interconnection studies to optimize project design while maximizing generation. We also look to protect the natural environment surrounding our facilities by performing studies and obtaining regulatory permits, and when possible, engaging local companies to assist with the development of the project.

IN PRACTICE

Prince Wind Project

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Prince, Denis & Pennefather Townships, ON
189 MW
Capacity
2006
Operation Date
54,600
Homes powered annually in equivalent generation
20,240
Vehicles driven annually in avoided emission equivalent
$400 M
Project Cost

The Prince wind project was our first wind development, as well as the first commercial wind farm in Northern Ontario. When it began operation in November 2006, it was also Canada’s largest wind farm.

Development Highlights

PROJECT EXECUTION

Construction started in September 2005 and was completed just 15 months later in November 2006.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS

Before construction began, we conducted extensive field surveys and environmental assessments to ensure the protection, conservation and prudent management of the natural, socio-economic and physical environment surrounding our facility.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

We collaborated with local First Nations to perform archaeological studies to identify and preserve areas of significance to the community.

Positive Outcomes

ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS

In the planning phase, the project involved seven local suppliers, such as forestry and mapping consultants, civil engineers, and cultural and archaeological experts. Throughout construction, 38 local companies participated in executing the project, contributing to the region’s local economy. At peak construction, the project employed more than 300 individuals, including contractors and sub-contractors.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Upon completion, we partnered with Sault College to enhance their energy training programs. For several years, an on-campus Training Centre contained instructional space that provided students with access to upgraded vocational labs and shops, and served as home to courses relating to wind energy.

CULTURAL CONSIDERATIONS

Upon completion, local First Nations participated in the opening ceremony of the wind farm, highlighting our collaboration in sustainably developing this project. After completion, our collaboration continued by allowing them access to the site for cultural events and rituals.

ENVIRONMENTAL CONTRIBUTIONS

Today, we continue to ensure that our Prince wind farm operates as sustainably as the clean power it generates. We continue to welcome the Laurentian University to the wind farm to conduct studies on reptile and amphibian biodiversity, providing site access, prior data, staff support, materials and safety training to assist their research.

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IN PRACTICE

Gosfield & Comber Wind Projects

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Kingsville & Lakeshore, ON
217 MW
Capacity
2010-2011
Operation Date

Gosfield-Comber
74,500
Homes powered annually in equivalent generation
6,000
Vehicles driven annually in avoided emission equivalent
$650 M
Project Cost

Closely located, the Gosfield (51 MW) and Comber (166 MW) wind projects were developed in tandem, leveraging economies of scale. At time of commissioning, they represented the largest wind facility in Canada.

Development Highlights

PROJECT EXECUTION

Construction and project delivery were completed on time and significantly under budget. We adopted a strategic approach to securing energy off-take agreements and transmission access rights by leveraging our intimate understanding of the procurement process and the grid, despite intense competition.

HEALTH & SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

We closely monitored and coached job safety planning and job hazard analysis, and revised our contractors’ work procedures.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

We created opportunities to engage the public in the planning and development stages, which included opening an office in Cottam, ON that serve as an open-house for residents to ask questions, participating in town hall meetings, and dialogue with local municipal leaders during town council meetings. To keep the community up to date on the project’s progress, we periodically mailed informational sheets to residents periodically.

ECONOMIC CONSIDERATIONS

During development, we sought to maximize procurement opportunities for local businesses with a majority of project materials purchased from local suppliers, and construction workforce coming from local communities. In addition, the projects created 300 temporary jobs, and 15 permanent local jobs for ongoing operations and maintenance.

Positive Outcomes

SOCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS

After the development of the project, we sought to positively contribute to the local community by supporting a variety of organizations, including the Essex Region Conservation Authority, the Essex County Library and the Comber Agricultural Society. We also led guest presentations on wind energy to grade school and high school students.

ECONOMIC CONTRIBUTIONS

Each year, the farmers and landowners that host the Gosfield and Comber wind turbines receive lease payments. In addition, the towns of Kingsville and Lakeshore obtain annual tax payments and various community well-being contributions.

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OPERATIONAL EXPERTISE

Operators of Renewable Energy Facilities

As owners and operators, our teams expertly operate and maintain all our renewable power facilities, including platforms like our system control center, to ensure energy is safely produced when required.

Safety First

Across our operations, we prioritize the health and safety of our employees and communities. We’ve established rigorous safety procedures in our Health, Safety, Security and Environment (HSS&E) Program that enable our highly trained professionals to safely operate the facilities that generate our communities’ renewable power.

Sustainability Today & Tomorrow

We believe that properly maintaining and investing in our operating facilities is paramount to sustainably generating renewable power. In taking care of existing renewable facilities, we ensure that they continue to efficiently generate clean power for years to come, making full use of their potential.

Financial Strength

The Expertise and Capital to Secure a Sustainable Future

As a part of the Brookfield Renewable family, we also have expertise in financial and capital markets, enabling us to effectively structure and secure investments for both small- and large-scale development projects across the country. Our established, robust financial position assures our clients that we’re a reliable, long-term partner who is able to deliver on the solutions we offer.