Solar farm to pop up in Downtown Welland

Welland city council has approved installation of a solar farm on the former Atlas Steels property downtown. More to come…

 UPDATE: From Welland Tribune July 26 2015:

The downtown industrial brownfields of the former Atlas Steels plant could be growing a crop of solar panels.

Welland city council gave its support for Mississauga-based RESCo Energy Inc. to construct and operate a ground-mounted solar project on the lands at 400 East Main St.

RESCo is planning a 600-kilowattdirect current, 500-kW alternating current photovoltaic operation.

In correspondence to the city, the company said Welland Hydro has indicated there is capacity in its hydro lines for the solar project, for ahich an application will be made to Ontario’s Feed-In Traffic — or renewable energy procurement — program.

Council’s support came on the same night that it supported a blanket resolution that expires September 2016 endorsing all Welland ground-mounted and rooftop solar projects that would qualify for Ontario Power Authority’s Feed-In Tariff Program.

A similar solar-energy project is planned for the rooftops at Fitch Street Plaza.

An aerial mockup contained in councillors’ agenda package Tuesday indicated the soalr panels would be installed at the north end of the Atlas Steels land, extending south about halfway down Patterson Ave.

There was no discussion about the project in council chambers.

greg.furminger@sunmedia.ca

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