Solar Energy is about the future as well as the present. Solar energy is a clean, efficient, and sustainable form of renewable energy and the greater Dryden area just happens to be globally positioned to establish a solar facility.
Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has reported that the greater Dryden area is second highest location for photovoltaic potential in Canada. The NRCan RETScreen map
shows our local potential is higher than the world's largest photovoltaic producer of electricity, Germany.
The area known as Hatch's field is located on the north side of Swanson's Creek bordered by Leach Road and TransCanada Highway #17. The 200 acre property, owned by the City of Dryden, is partially treed and gently slopes to the south. Connection to the Dryden Transformer Station (TS) can be easily made and is less than 100 metres from the site. The Dryden TS has the capacity to accept an additional 22.3 Mw.
The Dryden Development Corporation is seeking partners in the establishment of solar photovoltaic generation facilities in the City of Dryden. In preparation for investment the City of Dryden and Dryden Development Corporation in partnership have:
- Obtained Council's approval to move forward with attracting investment directly related to solar park development
- Completed the process to amend the City of Dryden's Official Plan (OP) allowing for solar development in areas zoned Rural (RU)
- Project Development Agreement signature between City of Dryden and Johnson Controls Inc., on November 16, 2009 to develop a 5mW project at Hatch's field property
- Ontario Power Authority - Feed-In-Tariff (OPA-FIT) application for a 5mW ground mounted solar photovoltaic park submitted on November 28, 2009
- Renewable Energy Approval (REA) process underway
- OPA accepts application (deemed eligible February 1, 2010)
- OPA submits a FIT contract (March 30 - April 15, 2010)
Johnson Controls Inc. Case Studies
Dryden's Solar Park Maps