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RMCAO seeks Ontario Concrete Awards project submissions

The Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario (RMCAO) has invited project submissions for the 2014 Ontario Concrete Awards.

The awards will be presented at the Ontario Concrete Awards Banquet at Construct/Concrete Canada on Wednesday, Dec. 3.

The submission deadline is Sept. 25.  For more information see www.ontarioconcreteawards.com.

NextEra wins approval to construct $300M wind farm

NextEra Energy Inc. received approval from the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to build a $300 million wind farm near the Lake Huron shoreline, Bloomberg News reports.

The company is expected to start construction in the third quarter.

According to the company’s website, Goshen Wind Energy Centre, is expected to have a maximum generating capacity of up to 102-megawatts. It will be located in Huron County, with infrastructure in both South Huron and Bluewater Townships.

At the maximum generating capacity, the Goshen Wind Energy Centre will produce enough energy for approximately 25,500 homes. This project has been awarded a Feed-in-Tariff contract by the Ontario Power Authority and is currently working on the renewable energy approval process.

Canadian Solar wins contract to build 140 MW solar plant

Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. has entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with Kingston Solar LP for the construction of a 140 MW DC utility-scale solar energy farm.

The Kingston Solar project is developed by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. The agreement is expected to generate revenue of more than C$300 million for Canadian Solar.

Construction of the utility-scale solar energy farm will begin in the third quarter of 2014, and is expected to be fully operational in the third quarter of 2015.

The agreement represents phase II of Samsung’s Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) solar project development in Ontario, which totals 300MW AC. This follows the phase I agreement announced on June 10, 2013, for Canadian Solar to build the 130 MW DC Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County.

The Kingston solar farm will include more than 464,000 Ontario-made Canadian Solar Maxpower CS6X high-performance modules, which have undergone rigorous formal inspection, testing and certification.

The 140 MW DC utility-scale solar farm will produce about 173,000 MWh of electricity per year and power about 16,409 Canadian homes. It will also contribute to a cleaner environment by displacing about 119,292 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

The solar farm is expected to create several hundred new green energy jobs during the construction, development and operation phases of the project life cycle.

BioAmber gets $7M funding for bio-succinic acid plant in Ontario

BioAmber Sarnia Inc., a subsidiary of industrial biotechnology firm BioAmber Inc., has received a $7 million grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for the construction of a bio-succinic acid plant in Sarnia.

In total, the bio-succinic acid plant will cost $135 million. This grant comes in addition to the $7.5 million grant that SDTC provided to BioAmber Sarnia in 2012.

BioAmber expanded the scope of the Sarnia plant, nearly doubling the production capacity from 17,000 metric tons to 30,000 metric tons per year, and increased the number of jobs that will be created.

The Sarnia plant, which is expected to be completed in early 2015, is deemed to be the world’s largest succinic acid production facility.

Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) manufacturers form new industry association

Four insulating concrete form manufacturers have established a new industry association.

Nudura Corporation, Logix Insulated Concrete Forms Ltd., Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd. and Superform Products Ltd., who cumulatively represent the majority of the ICF products manufactured in North America, are the founding members of the Council Of Insulated Concrete Forms Industries (CICFI), the association said. Andy Lennox, vice-president, marketing of Logix was elected to be the chairman and Murray Snider, president and CEO of Nudura will serve as vice-chairman.

“The mission of the CICFI is to promote and enhance the social, environmental and economic value of insulating concrete forms in the North American marketplace,” says Lennox. “Our industry has a great story to tell and we look forward to representing and growing the ICF industry in an energetic and professional manner.

“We’ve held a number of very productive meetings over the last few months during which we’ve identified our priorities and developed our initial action plans. Now that our association is officially up and going the implementation and execution begins. This association is long overdue, we are excited to get started and we look forward to additional ICF manufacturers joining us as we move forward.”

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