Canadian coal-fired power plant transformed into solar farm

Unfortunately, when it comes to fossil fuels and Canada, my first thought is the concerted efforts by the miners of some of the dirtiest fuels on the planet to send them by pipeline thru pristine areas of the US. My view is, if you like the stuff so much, send it across your beautiful country to your coasts instead of ours. Here’s an example of what one usually sees in the press:

That’s why I take pleasure in finding a good story about Canadian power — a coal-fired plant that’s transformed into a solar farm. Not a compensation by any means, but it’s nice they did it. We should be doing more of that in the US. The fossil fuel companies can make money with clean, alternative energy. It’s just not what they’re used to and the money may not roll in quite as fast. Seems to me that’s more than balanced by the  health and well-being of their children and grand-children, but hey! That’s just me.

Canadian Coal-Fired Power Plant Transformed into Solar Farm

The 44-MW Nanticoke Solar Farm in Ontario.

The 44-MW Nanticoke Solar Farm in Ontario. ONTARIO POWER GENERATION

What was once the largest coal-fired power plant in North America has been converted to a 44-megawatt solar farm with 192,431 photovoltaic panels spread across 260 acres, the electric utility Ontario Power Generation announced. The facility, situated on the shores of Lake Erie in Ontario, will generate enough electricity to power more than 7,200 homes.

The project is located on the grounds of retired Nanticoke Generating Station, which operated for more than 40 years before closing down in 2013. The idea to use part of the coal facility’s property for a new solar farm was spearheaded and paid for by Ontario Power Generation (OPG), the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Its opening last week coincided with the one-year anniversary of the demolition of Nanticoke’s smokestacks, which once stood 650 feet tall, reported.

Stacey Laforme, Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, called the Nanticoke Solar Project “an important economic development” in the region and for tribal nations.

“Gone are the days when our First Nation suffered the burdens of the development of our territory without sharing in the benefits,” she said in a statement. “This project, along with others, sets the stage for future mutually-beneficial partnerships with OPG and others…across our territory.”

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