A Renewable Energy Approval (REA) has been issued to Silvercreek Nominee Inc. 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 name plate capacity of 10 megawatts (MW). The solar facility will be connected to Hydro One’s distribution system.
This Class 3 solar facility, known as Silvercreek Solar Park, is located at 49588 Vienna Line, Part of Lots 12, 13 and 14, Concession III in the Township of Malahide, Elgin County, Ontario.
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 in accordance with the documentation considered for the issuance of the REA,
- properly decommission the facility upon retirement of the facility,
- notify the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) prior to commencement of construction or installation activities or operation of the facility,
- construct and install the facility within 3 years of the date the REA is issued,
- comply with the applicable MOE sound level limits at all times,
- employ best management practices for stormwater management and sediment and erosion control during construction, installation, use, operation, maintenance and retiring of the facility, as described in the application,
- prepare and implement a pre- and post-construction groundwater monitoring program,
- submit an annual summary of the results of the groundwater monitoring program to the District Manager,
- design, construct and operate a spill containment facility for the transformer substation,
- not take more than 50,000 litres of water on any day by any means,
- prepare a Traffic Management Plan to be provided to the municipality and enter into a Road Users Agreement,
- complete pre- and post-construction monitoring for significant wildlife habitat, as described in the Natural Heritage Impact Study included in the application,
- complete any remaining archaeological fieldwork as required,
- properly address any archaeological resources discovered,
- maintain and operate the facility in accordance with good engineering practices and as recommended by the equipment suppliers,
- maintain records of the operation and maintenance of the equipment and records of inspections and complaints related to the facility,
- notify the MOE of complaints received alleging adverse effect caused by the construction, installation, operation, use or retirement of the facility,
- at least six (6) months prior to decommissioning, obtain direction from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) with respect to restoring the project location to its previous agricultural capacity, and
- notify the MOE 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 all of the following:
Environmental Review Tribunal
655 Bay Street
Phone: (416) 212-6349
Fax: (416) 314-4506
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
Silvercreek Nominee Inc.
804 Southdown Road
A 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.