The National Capital Region’s power supply will be switched over to Arlington Power Equipment for the first time on Wednesday.
The move is part of a project to reduce costs and increase reliability and security of the power grid.
NCEP spokesperson Brian Lai said the transition to the new equipment is expected to be seamless.
“We’ve been using Arlington equipment for more than 25 years,” he said.
“It’s been a long-term investment.
We’ve been working closely with them to make sure that it’s safe and secure.”
The move will save taxpayers $1.2 million and allow NCEP to keep the grid more secure.
The switch to the Arlington plant is part a larger plan to reduce carbon emissions, reduce reliance on coal and create jobs.
Arlington Power is already the only electricity-generating plant in the region to be built using coal.
When the switch is completed on Tuesday, it will be the first plant in Canada to switch to an entirely new, cleaner energy source.
Lai said this will help the region’s climate resilience and save the region money.
“[The plant] will be a significant economic contributor for the region,” he told CBC News.
“We’re going to get a lot of carbon from that, so we can mitigate some of the impacts of climate change.
In total, the plant is expected take up to five years to complete, but NCEIP expects to complete the entire process by the end of 2018.
A new plant is also planned in Quebec.
An estimated 2,000 jobs will be created by the plant’s move to Arlen Power Equipment.