Old Power House – Grand Manan

Old Power House - Grand Manan

Old Power House – Grand Manan

The Old Power House, situated at 1071 Route 776 in Grand Manan, was constructed in 1929 as the original facility for the Grand Manan Light and Power Company. Electricity was first supplied to the area on Christmas Eve of the same year. This locally owned and operated diesel plant would shut down each night at 11 p.m. until 1938 when residents requested 24-hour power from the New Brunswick Power Commission. In response, the Commission purchased the company, expanded the facility, and increased its staff to accommodate the demand for round-the-clock power. 

Old Power Station Grand Manan 1929
Old Power Station Grand Manan 1929

There was a second plant (the Jet as it’s known to locals) built on Ingalls Head in the 1960’s and the Old Power Plant was shut down. 

The "Jet" NBPower Generator at Ingalls Head Grand Manan
The “Jet” NBPower Generator at Ingalls Head Grand Manan

In 1978, a submarine cable was laid providing Grand Manan with power. Now the only time the Ingalls Head power plant is turned on is when there is a power outage. 

In order to maintain a reliable feed to the Fundy Isles, NB Power installed new cables between Deer Island and Campobello Island and between Campobello Island and Grand Manan Island.

Submarine Cable preparation on Grand Manan

The existing cable between Deer Island and Campobello Island failed in July of 2019 while the preparation work to install the new cables was underway. This cable has been taken out of service.

Old Power Station Ingalls Head

The Old Power House was purchased in 1993, renovated and turned it into a private home that was finally occupied in 2000. The strong tidal brook at the rear of the property was used to cool the diesel engines that generated power. 

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  1. Know the place well. Didn’t Dan the Piano Man live there and operate his piano tuning business in recent years?

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