“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” ~ Desmond Tutu
(UR) What could bring more hope concerning sustainable energy than a carcinogen-spewing coal plant being transformed into a solar plant? How about when the coal plant was once one of the largest, most abhorrent fossil-fuel plants in North America.
Formerly the largest emitter of toxic chemicals on the continent, Canada’s Nanticoke coal plant will be overhauled in order to become a 44 megawatt solar installation. Ontario has been planning to phase out coal energy, but the plant was shuttered for safety reasons last year. Very few jurisdictions within Ontario have actually committed to the coal phase-out, let alone implemented it, but this plant just north of Lake Erie will now churn out 4,000 megawatts of clean, sustainable energy at full capacity, all emissions-free.
G7 countries have also committed to phasing out coal-energy, with Denmark, Finland, and even China leading the way. Beijing will halt operations at all major coal plants, for example, to reduce the choking pollution taking over the city. The Nanticoke project in Canada is just another positive example of where our energy future is headed.
Michelle Chislett, SunEdison vice-president and country manager for Canada, said:
“The Nanticoke project is a great opportunity for Ontario to take a former coal plant site and transform it into a clean and reliable solar power plant.”
The plant’s renovation will be overseen by SunEdison Canadian Construction LP, with involvement by Six Nations Development Corporation and Ontario Power Generation.
Though the plant will mean cleaner air and more sustainable energy creation, it won’t provide much financial relief to Ontario citizens who have seen energy costs steadily rise for the past several years.
According to Green Car Reports, Ontario didn’t have a single smog day in 2015, which was the first year of the coal phase-out, compared with 53 such days just ten years ago.
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