3G entered the renewable energy industry in 2001 with an agreement to sell 4 MW of wind power “behind-the meter” to DuPont at their lakefront site in Kingston, Ontario. An extensive wind resource measurement campaign ensued, followed by an environmental assessment of the site as well as public consultation. At the time the City of Kingston was in favour of this project. The sale of the Dupont facility in 2004 to USA based Koch Industries spelled the demise of that project, as Koch Industries was an aggressive opponent of renewable energy.
Currently 3G is designing a 5MW renewable energy and battery storage plant that will power an offigrid quarry in northern Ontairo. The value proposition is a combination of avoided diesel generator energy consumption, extended life of the existing diesel generators, reduced GHG emissions as well as a stabilized energy price for 20 years.
3G is working on battery storage as well as electric vehicle projects and is involved in feasibility studies for an eastern Ontario municipality regarding replacement of utility trucks with all-electric vehicles. The truck fleet will be powered by solar energy arrays located on municipal works lands.