Community Engagement Notice in Municipality of Arran-Elderslie

Arran-Elderslie Public Meeting Minutes

Long-Term Reliability Project: OZ-1

December 20, 2022

Address: 60 Industrial Park Drive, Chesley, ON N0G 1L0

Facility: Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)

Size: 4.99-megawatt/19.96-megawatt hour for each Project

Proponents Name: 1000234813 Ontario Inc.

Public Meeting: 6:00 pm on November 16th, 2022, located in the Paisley Community Centre

Second Public Meeting: 6:00 pm on January 5th, 2023, located in the Chesley Community Centre

IESO Procurement Background

After more than a decade of strong supply, Ontario is entering a period of emerging electricity system needs, driven by increasing demand, the retirement of the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, the refurbishment of other nuclear generating units, and expiring supply contracts at other facilities.

To address these needs, Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is competitively procuring 3,500 megawatts of capacity through the first Long-Term Request for Proposals (LT1 RFP), a complimentary expedited process (E-LT1 RFP), and a Same Technology Upgrade process. The LT1 RFP, together with the E-LT1 RFP will competitively procure year-round effective capacity from dispatchable New Build resources, including New Build hybrid electricity generation and storage facilities.

Proponent Information

1000234813 Ontario Inc., operating as Solar Flow-Through Funds (SFF) is a group of limited partnerships with offices in Vancouver and Toronto. SFF has partnered with ASE to participate in IESO’s long-term capacity procurement to ensure reliability in Ontario’s electricity grid. SFF develops facilities and technologies that contribute to the global reduction of greenhouse gases and use of fossil fuels. Currently, SFF’s portfolio consists of 70 projects in Ontario, totalling in 28.8 MW DC. SFF is a Qualified Applicant under the IESO procurement process.


Abundant Solar Energy Inc. (ASE) is acting as an agent and developer for SFF. ASE is a 100% Canadian-owned independent renewable and clean energy project developer and asset operator. Since 2013, Abundant has enabled the proliferation of renewable and clean energy contributing to Net Zero carbon emission goals through its development, engineering, and asset management services in Canada and the United States.

Project Information

Nameplate Capacity: 4.99 megawatt/20-megawatt hour

Please note that all mentions of 5-megawatt size is in this notice is rounded from 4.99-megawatt.

As part of the procurement, SFF is proposing to install a utility grid-connected battery energy storage system (BESS) to be located 60 Industrial Park Drive, Chesley, ON N0G 1L0. The BESS will be charged by the local grid overnight when there is low electricity demand and will supply power to the grid at times of high demand, providing significant benefits to grid reliability. The system will be a 5-megawatt/20-megawatt hour battery energy storage system using lithium-ion technology.

Community Engagement Plan

As the project developer, Abundant Solar Energy Inc. plans to engage the local community as part of the development process.

This plan includes the following:

  • Hosting a public meeting in an accessible location so that local residents can learn about the project, ask questions, and raise any potential concerns.
  • Posting the Public meeting notice a minimum of 15 days in advance on the project website.
  • Notifying owners of property adjacent to the project site of the public meeting via correspondence.
  • Notifying the municipality of the public meeting via correspondence.
  • Posting all project information, site planning, and meeting minutes on project website.
  • Providing contact information on project website for any questions that residents may have and will be responsive in a timely matter.

Public Meeting Details

As part of the project development process, community members are invited to attend a public meeting that will be held at 6:00 pm on November 16th, 2022, located in the Paisley Community Centre. This meeting is intended to ensure that community members have the chance to become informed about the project and ask any questions they may have.

The second Public Meeting will be held at 6:00 pm on January 5th, 2023, located in the Chesley Community Centre.

Questions and Contacts

Please feel free to reach out to the contacts below if you have any questions regarding the procurement process, companies involved, and/or proposed projects.

Mila Simon – Project Coordinator – Abundant Solar Energy

Genny Nugent - Executive Assistant – Solar Flow-Through Funds

Matt McGregor – Director, Policy and Planning – Abundant Solar Energy

Tracy Zheng – CAO – Abundant Solar Energy