The Cascade Generation Station on the Seguin River in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada, is being upgraded from 1.2 MW to 3.4 MW, according to the project’s owner, Parry Sound PowerGen Corp.
The station was originally constructed in 1919. It will be demolished and a new C$17.5 million station will be constructed at the site with an expected completion date sometime in 2017.
“After three years of environmental studies and approvals, demolition and construction is beginning as we anticipate that the Cascade station will be back producing green electricity in October 2017,” said Bryan Ingram, of Bracebridge Generation.
Cascade Generation Station is owned and operated by Parry Sound, which merged its electricity generation and distribution assets into Lakeland Holding Ltd. on July 1, 2014. Lakeland Holding established Bracebridge Generation Ltd. as a subsidiary and Bracebridge is managing the upgrade.
According to project officials, almost 100% of the project is “made in Ontario” consisting of consultants, engineers, civil contractors, turbine-generator manufacturers and electrical components. Officials estimate about $4 million worth of local labor and materials will be used during the upgrade.
“For the bid process it was important to ensure that local labor and materials were used, which creates investment in Parry Sound and the surrounding area,” said Lakeland Holding Chief Executive Officer, Chris Litschko.