The Alderville First Nation community is nestled on the shores of Rice Lake, north of Cobourg, Ontario. The First Nation had entered into a design-build contract with a multinational corporation, Johnson Controls Inc., to construct a 5.7 MW solar park that would be the first facility of its kind in Ontario to be 100% owned and operated by a First Nation.
Construction on the Park started in the Spring 2012, and the First Nation took responsibility for the construction of the civil components for the facility (racking for solar panels, roads and drainage works). Crozier was retained to act as Construction Manager for the First Nation and oversee the completion of the civil works. The second and the more vital role for Crozier, was to act as the First Nation’s representative during discussions and negotiation with Johnson Controls.
Faced with adverse weather conditions and site challenges, the First Nation’s forces worked through the winter and into the summer to complete all of the requisite civil work. Crozier was on-site for the duration of the construction, and continued to assist the First Nation in obtaining all of the necessary approvals up to the commercial operation of the facility in October 2013.