Client: Alderville First Nation
Project Description: Proposed Solar Farm Renewable Energy Approval (REA)

Time Line: March 2010 to Present
Project Manager: Stephen Burnett

Client Category: First Nation
Service Category: Renewable Energy (Solar)

In the spring of 2010, Alderville First Nation was notified that they obtained a Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contract with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA). The FIT Program is for renewable energy projects that can generate more than 10 kilowatts (kW) of electricity, and is designed with the purpose of encouraging the development of renewable energy projects across Ontario. One of the core goals of the FIT Program is to encourage the development of Aboriginal renewable energy projects through reduced security payments, additional price incentives and the creation of the Aboriginal Energy Partnerships Program.

S. Burnett & Associates Ltd. (SBA) is currently working with Alderville First Nation for the proposed construction of a 5 MegaWatt (MW) solar facility to be located at the south shore of Rice Lake. As part of this project, SBA is undertaking two separate Environmental Assessment processes which include both the provincial Renewable Energy Approval (REA) and the Federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) applications.  The relatively new Renewable Energy Approval (REA) effectively combines the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment and the Municipal Planning Act together in an attempt to create a more streamlined process.

SBA was originally retained to complete the consultation portion of the REA.  Since that time, SBA has also been retained to complete all of the background and supporting reports necessary to complete the REA process. SBA has also assisted ABN (the financial consultant) with technical review and contract negotiations.  ABN and SBA are currently reviewing and providing direction and oversight on the design and the EPC contractor plans.

“SBA is currently working with Alderville First Nation for the proposed construction of a 5MW solar facility. As part of this project, SBA is undertaking both the provincial Renewable Energy Approval (REA) and the Federal Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA) applications.”