Rankin Renewable Power Inc.
St. Catharines ON
tel. (905) 684-1111
Fax: (905) 684-2260
Rankin Renewable Power Inc. (RRPI) is a renewable power development company looking to develop, own and operate small scale renewable power facilities within the province of Ontario. Working closely with Rankin Construction RRPI brought three 2.0MW hydro electric generating stations on the Welland Canal online between 2008 and 2009. These stations are now contributing clean and sustainable power to St. Catharines and Niagara-on-the-Lake.
RRPI has also been working in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Niagara since 2002 to develop a small 10MW wind project in the township of Wainfleet. Rankin has actively participated in expanding local understanding of wind power and has contributed to the development of policy to enable this technology while minimizing impacts on the communities where it is deployed.
Hydro Power Development:
The Welland Canal Weir Generating Stations are three separate stations arrayed along the Welland Canal in the control weirs adjacent to locks 1, 2 and 3. These stations make use of water that is used for operation of the larger locks upstream but which is not required for operation of the first three smaller locks and has therefore been spilled since the completion of the Canal in 1932. These stations are a secondary use to the navigation of ships along the canal allowing the St. Lawrence Seaway to further increase the efficiency and provide additional environmental benefits from this shipping system which already offers one of the lowest impact options for shipping bulk cargo.These stations are particularly low impact as no reservoir was created and no fish habitat disturbed for the installation of the power stations. The stations are built into the existing regulating weir replacing an existing underflow gate and resulting in minimal change in the passage of water.
These stations operate under Ontario's Standard Offer Program in which small renewable power projects were granted grid capacity and a fixed rate throughout the life of the project. More information on the construction of the project including a video/slideshow of the construction can be found on the Rankin Constructions projects pages under Welland Canal Hydro. On an average year these stations produce approximately 39,000MWh which is equal to the consumption of well over 3000 average Ontario households and offsets between 7,000* and 34,000** tonnes of CO2 equivalent annually.
Wind Power Development:
Since 2002 Rankin, in partnership with the Regional Municipality of Niagara, has been studying the wind resource around the township of Wainfleet and has been actively engaged in the procurement programs and policies that have been put forward to enable renewable power development in the province of Ontario. Going through the first RFP for renewable power in 2004 the project was not competitive due to the economies of scale of the much larger projects that were successful in their bids. Since this time the government of Ontario has created programs such as the Standard Offer Program back in 2007 and now the Feed in Tariff Program that succeeded it that are much more accessible to projects of all sizes. Currently there is insufficient grid capacity for the project but a review is underway to determine when the necessary upgrades will be in place so that the project will be able to go forward.
Other Renewable Energy
Rankin Renewable Power and Rankin Construction continue to look for further opportunities in wind and hydro while also considering how we can best contribute to other renewable energy sectors such as solar, biogas/biomass, kinetic hydro, and others.
*Assuming offset of the average Ontario electricity mix and a CO2 intensity factor of 170kg CO2eq/MWh
** Assuming directly offsetting coal and a CO2 intensity factor of 867kg CO2 eq/MWh