A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Grand Renewable Solar LP to engage in a renewable energy project in respect of a Class 3 solar facility consisting of the construction, installation, operation, use and retiring of a solar facility, with a total generation capacity of 100 megawatts (MW). The solar facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.
This Class 3 solar facility, known as the Grand Renewable Energy Park, is located in Haldimand County.
The REA requires the proponent to construct, install, operate, use and retire the facility in accordance with specific terms and conditions. The terms and conditions, as summarised below, require the proponent to:
construct and install the facility within 3 years of the date of the approval,
- construct and install the facility within 3 years of the date of the approval,
- construct and install the facility in accordance with the documentation considered for the issuance of this approval,
- contact the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs to discuss plans, and then properly decommission the facility upon retirement,
- comply with the Ministry’s noise emission limits at all times,
- carry out an acoustic emission and imission audit of the transformer substation,
- carry out an acoustic emission audit of the sound levels produced by the operation of the equipment,
- manage stormwater, and control sediment and erosion during and post-construction,
- develop and implement a pre- and post-construction groundwater monitoring program,
- design, construct and operate a spill containment facility for the transformer substation,
- create a community liaison committee with members of the public and proponent,
- conduct water taking activities in an environmentally responsible manner,
- properly address any archaeological resources discovered,
- maintain communication with interested Aboriginal communities,
- maintain records of the operation and maintenance of equipment and inspections and complaints related to the facility,
- notify the ministry of complaints received alleging adverse effect caused by the construction, installation, operation, use or retirement of the facility, and
- notify the ministry prior to a change of ownership.
This renewable energy project has been approved in accordance with the requirements of Part V.0.1 of the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Regulation 359/09.
NOTE: Regarding Third Party Hearing Provisions
Third Party Hearing Provisions are listed immediately below. The Leave to Appeal Provisions indicated in the section titled “Leave to Appeal Provisions” at the end of the posting do not apply to Renewable Energy Approvals issued under 47.5 of the EPA.
Any resident of Ontario may require a hearing by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) within 15 days after the date this Decision was loaded to the Environmental Registry (see top right of decision notice) by written notice served upon the following:
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario:
Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
1075 Bay Street
Phone: (800) 701-6454
Director, Section 47.5 Environmental Protection Act,
Environmental Approvals Branch
2 St. Clair Avenue West
Grand Renewable Solar LP / Grand Renewable Solar GP Inc.
55 Standish Court
Environmental Review Tribunal
655 Bay Street
Phone: (416) 212-6349
Fax: (416) 314-4506
An proponent for a hearing shall state in the notice requiring the hearing, (a) a description of how engaging in the renewable energy project in accordance with the renewable energy approval will cause, (i) serious harm to human health, or (ii) serious and irreversible harm to plant life, animal life or the natural environment; (b) the portion of the renewable energy approval in respect of which the hearing is required; and (c) the relief sought.
Further information is provided on the ERT’s website at: http://www.ert.gov.on.ca/english/guides/index.htm
If you have any questions about the hearing process please consult a lawyer or contact the ERT.