OTTAWA—Hydro Ottawa plans to boost the capacity of its Chaudiere Falls hydroelectric facility by 29 megawatts after signing a 40-year power purchase deal with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
According to Hydro Ottawa, its Energy Ottawa Inc. subsidiary will build a new hydroelectric generating station at its Chaudiere Falls facility on the Ottawa River, boosting its hydroelectric capacity to 58 megawatts.
The utility said the new 29-megawatt station will generate enough clean energy to power 20,000 homes a year.
It plans to start construction in 2015, which will create 150 jobs, according to Hydro Ottawa.
Boasted as Ottawa’s largest green energy producer, Energy Ottawa runs six hydroelectric stations at Chaudiere Falls and landfill gas-to-energy plants at the Trail Road and Lafleche sites.