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Thursday, 24 September, 2015

Grand Renewable Solar Project


The Grand Renewable Energy Park is an initiative designed to promote renewable electricity in the Province of Ontario, Canada. This is in direct response to the Government of Ontario’s plan to promote renewable electricity. 

This solar site is in Haldimand County, Ontario, and includes about 425,000 photovoltaic (PV) solar panels installed on fixed ground-mounted racking structures. This 100 megawatt (MW) solar project will produce 165,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity each year and, when completed, will offer clean energy to roughly 17,000 households in the region, thereby making it the largest project of its kind to ever be completed in Canada, and one of the largest to be completed in all of North America.

The project received approval from the Canadian Ministry of Environment in June 2012. Construction began in October of 2013 and finished in Spring 2015. Occupying 800 acres of land, the power harnessed by the solar farm travels through a series of underground cables to a collector sub-station (constructed under a separate contract).  This project also included the construction of an interconnect station; approximately 83 kilometers (km) of new overhead and/or underground 34.5 kilovolt (kV) collector lines along public roads; and 40 km of solar panel maintenance roads. 

O’C&L was retained by the project owners to review and provide expert analysis on a series of construction claims that the engineering, procurement, and construction management (EPCM) contractor submitted during the construction phase of the project. Specifically, O’C&L reviewed the project record, including documentation and correspondence related to each individual claim. O’C&L then prepared several cost estimates, critical path method (CPM) schedule analyses, and labor productivity analyses to assist the project owners in the defense of the EPCM contractor’s claims.

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