Project Description

ELORA BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS (BESS) PROJECT by Elora BESS LP

The Elora Project will help power thousands of homes and businesses while delivering up to a total of 211 megawatts (MW) nameplate capacity  of energy storage to enhance electricity reliability and meet grid demands.

Project Information: At Time of Engagement

The Elora BESS Project, a 211MW energy storage facility, is designed to effectively store and provide energy to the grid as needed by the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). This project has a primary goal to assist the grid’s reliability by storing energy during periods of low-demand and releasing it during peak demand, ensuring a consistent power supply.

  • The project was selected by the IESO under the Long Term 1 (LT1) procurement, at the direction of the Ministry of Energy, as part of the largest energy storage procurement in Ontario’s history.
  • The Elora BESS Project is named after the Elora Gorge, a prominent natural feature local to Centre Wellington Township.
  • BESS facilities help deliver energy efficiently and will be one of the key technologies to decarbonizing Ontario’s energy supply as well as meeting future clean energy demand.
  • Aypa Power puts safety first, advancing a layered fire safety approach and meeting all local, national and international safety codes and standards
  • Technical environmental assessments are currently underway and must meet Ontario standards for permitting approval
  • The chosen EPC contractor will use commercially reasonable efforts to hire qualified Indigenous applicants who meet the job qualifications and experience required and engage Indigenous-owned businesses like A6N for project-related services.

Community Engagement Timeline

  • November 2023
    • IESO released the RFP for Long Term Reliability Services
  • December 2023
    • Secured SNGRDC shareholder support to submit bid
  • December 2023
    • Proposal submission to IESO
  • May 2024
    • IESO announced successful bids
  • June 2024
    • SNGRDC and Aypa Power executed definitive agreements
  • July 2024 – August 2024
    • Six Nations Community Investment Review period
  • June 2024 – April 2027
    • Technical studies and construction
  • May 2027
    • Elora Energy Storage Project expects to be commercially operational

Project Location

  • The Elora BESS Project will be on rural land in Wellington County
  • Nearest intersection is Hwy #6 and 2nd Line, Elora, ON
  • The project is in the Haldimand Tract
  • 88 kilometers away from the Six Nations Territory

Community Engagement Timeline

  • July 2, 2024 – Initial Release of Information via www.snfuture.ca
  • July 2, 2024 – Community Commentary period opens
  • July 20, 2024 – Community Investment Review
  • July 25, 2024 – Community Investment Review
  • August 9, 2024 – Community Commentary period closes

Community members are invited to submit their online comments via the SN Future Platform, via email at [email protected] or during our Community Investment Review.

Community Investment Review Date

Saturday, July 20 – 10:00am-1:00pm

Thursday, July 25 – 5:00pm-8:00pm

Recorded session of Saturday, July 20th – Available Here

Project Highlights and Community Benefit Structure

  • On average will yield $1.2 million annually for the Six Nations Community*
  • Construction phase will create 200-300 jobs with a focus on local employment
  • Reduce approximately 1.8-2.45 million tonnes of carbon emissions*
  • Six Nations archeological monitors have been engaged and have been on site
  • $500,000 commitment to Grand River Post Secondary Education Office*
  • Will offer substantial savings to Ontario ratepayers*
    *Over the 20-year contract

START DATE

July 2, 2024 – August 9, 2024

END DATE

TBD

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