SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON – March 21, 2017 – Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) is hosting a community engagement session and seeking community comments regarding the Nanticoke Solar LP. The 44 MW ground-mounted solar project will be located on and adjacent to the former coal burning, Nanticoke Generating Station, located in Nanticoke, ON. The project will consist of the installation of 175,000 to 210,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on 4 parcels of land either owned or leased by OPG.

“Investing in renewable energy brings economic benefits to the people of Six Nations without compromising their inherent duty to protect the environment for future generations.” say Matt Jamieson, President/CEO of SNGRDC. “SNGRDC believes investing in renewable energy means investing in the future.”

A community information session is planned for Wednesday April 5, from 5-8 PM at the Six Nations Tourism Building, Assembly Room. Community members are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project. Opportunities for one-on-one discussion with staff as well as an opportunity to submit written comments will be available.

SNGRDC holds 10% equity ownership in the Nanticoke Solar project which expected to generate not less than $7.4 million for the Six Nations Community over 20 years. Construction is anticipated to begin in fall of 2017 with an expected commercial operation date of March 2019.  Project financing will be provided by way of an Equity Bridge Agreement from OPG, whereas OPG fronts the capital investment on behalf of SNGRDC and re-payment of the loans begins once the project reaches commercial operation. SNGRDC will reserve the right to replace the Equity Bridge with its own financing at time of commercial operation.

Potential employment opportunities may be available through the contractor of the project. Grand River Employment and Training (GREAT) has been engaged in discussion. It is anticipated that over 170 trade people will be employed during peak of construction. In addition, Six Nations archeological monitors were on site during stage 1 and 2 of the environmental assessments and will continued to be engaged for the remainder of the preliminary assessments.

If you are unable to attend but would like to receive more information about the project please visit www.snfutrues.com. In addition, informational mailers and comment cards have been sent out to every household on Six Nations. Residents are encouraged to submit written comments by returning them to Six Nations Tourism’s outdoor mailbox or by completing an electronic comment card available at www.snfutures.com.

 

About Six Nations Futures

Six Nations Futures is a community engagement tool developed by Six Nations Elected Council and utilized by SNGRDC to seek community insights on development projects happening in and around the Six Nations territory. The website and community engagement process has been designed to educate the Six Nations community about the financial, economic, and environmental impact associated with development projects, and provides a community wide mechanism to gather feedback that will help guide current and future projects. Community members can visit the website to get more information about past and current projects, and to review community engagement reports.

For more information please visit www.snfutures.com

 

About Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation:

Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages the Six Nations’ economic interests in 17 renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, on and around the Six Nations territory. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing over 900 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in 10 solar, 6 wind and one hydroelectric project(s).  SNGRDC is located on the Six Nations Reserves and has over 100 employees working in the areas of Administration, Corporate Affairs, Business Development, Property Management, and Nation Enterprise.

For more information please visit www.sndevcorp.ca

 

 

Contact Information

Tabitha Curley, Corporate Communications Officer

Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation

tcurley@sndevcorp.ca

519-753-1950 Ext. 6420

 

Wade Griffin, Projects Manager

Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation

wgriffin@sndevcorp.ca

226-387-4599