TORONTO — A contract has been awarded to design and build a battery energy storage facility that will provide back-up power to the Eglinton Crosstown light rail transit (LRT) line in Toronto.
Ontario is partnering with Toronto Hydro to build the facility, which will be located at the site of the future Mount Dennis Station and LRT maintenance and storage facility, currently under construction.
Toronto Hydro has entered into an agreement with Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. for the project.
According to a release issued by the Ministry of Transportation, it will store energy generated at night during off-peak hours and supply energy the following day to reduce peak energy use and lower the Crosstown’s overall emissions and operating costs.
The facility will also provide emergency power to the Crosstown in the event of a power interruption.
“Our community has advocated for a sustainable, creative solution since the beginning of Crosstown construction,” said Laura Albanese, MPP for York South-Weston, in a statement.
“The battery energy storage facility will provide a reliable power source for the LRT without increasing greenhouse gas emissions.”
The 19-kilometre Eglinton Crosstown LRT will include 25 stations and stops that will link to 54 bus routes, three subway stations, three GO Transit lines and the UP Express, adds the release.
The line will be completed by 2021, connecting Mount Dennis in the west with Kennedy Station in the east, with a 10-kilometre underground portion between Keele Street and Laird Drive.