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.
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.
Small- to large-scale output that balances intermittent generation:
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.
Information from the National Energy Board of Canada
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.
Broad application, both in geography and scale
Information from the National Energy Board of Canada
Storage technologies enable intermittent generation to be stored, either seasonally or hourly, while offering short-term grid stabilisation.
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.
LifespanBattery:10 yearsPump Storage:Perpetual
Reliable, balances intermittent generation
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
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.
Prince Wind Project
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.
Construction started in September 2005 and was completed just 15 months later in November 2006.
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.
We collaborated with local First Nations to perform archaeological studies to identify and preserve areas of significance to the community.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gosfield & Comber Wind Projects
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.