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Fort Frances BESS Project

SB Energy and it partners propose to construct a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) facility at 1229 Cornwall Avenue, Fort Frances. The BESS facility is a green energy system that uses batteries to store energy during the day when there is an abundance of solar electricity being generated and discharge the energy at peak hours when demand is the greatest. The BESS facility will support the municipal grid in the event of power outages or other power needs. If approved, the proposed facility will enhance regional grid reliability, reduce the likelihood of power disruptions, and increase the industrial base of the community while helping Ontario meet its energy transition goals.

Project Location

1229 Cornwall Avenue,
Fort Frances, Ontario

Target Operation Date

Q2 2025

Site Size

Approx. 4 Hectares

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Project Capacity

up to 150 MW/600 MWh

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Homes Powered

Up to 90,000 homes powered

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Estimated Community Investment

Approximately
$300 million dollars

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Estimated Jobs Created

35-40 full-time equivalent jobs during construction

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The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO)

The IESO delivers key services across Ontario’s electricity sector, including: real-time power system management; planning for the province’s future energy needs; enabling conservation; and designing a more efficient electricity marketplace to support sector evolution.

To address Ontario’s current and future electrical supply needs, the IESO has issued a request for proposals (LT1 RFP) to provide reliability services and strengthen the grid in Ontario.

SB Energy and its partners are working to submit an LT1 RFP response for approval to build the proposed Fort Frances BESS facility. This process includes working closely with municipal staff and the IESO to obtain necessary approvals as well as soliciting comments and feedback from the public.

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BESS Facility Benefits

BESS facilities improve the way that we generate, deliver, and consume energy, providing many regional local benefits.

  • The Fort Frances BESS facility will benefit customers by offsetting consumer costs and reducing economic losses, increasing grid reliability, and mitigating the impact of extreme weather events by avoiding costly disruptions.
  • The Fort Frances BESS facility represents a $300 million investment in Fort Frances and will be a long-term asset for the area. The project will improve grid resiliency and provide economic benefits through job creation and property tax revenue payments, which can be used to support local schools and emergency services – all without the need to raise local taxes.
  • The Fort Frances BESS facility will help Ontario meet its energy transition goals by enabling us to power the grid using renewable sources of generation, even when the sun is not shining and the wind is not blowing.

Community Engagement Meeting

To learn more about the BESS Project and corresponding LT1 RFP response, please join SB Energy and its partners for an open house public information session:

November 30, 2022 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

LaPlace Rendezvous
(in the Lady Frances/LaVerendrye Room)

1201 Idylwild Dr.

Fort Frances, ON

P9A 3M2

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Contact Us

If you cannot attend the public information session, you may submit comments/questions to ontario@sbenergy.com.

Please note, all submissions are part of the public record.