Jan. 22, 2014 - Canadian Solar Inc. today announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has signed a 10MWac Module Supply Agreement with Silvercreek Solar Park Inc. ("Silvercreek"), to provide Ontario-made Canadian Solar modules for a ground-mounted utility-scale solar power plant in Canada. This is Silvercreek's first utility scale solar power project in Ontario.
Dave Moerman, President of Silvercreek Solar Park Inc, commented, "This is our first project in Ontario and selecting Canadian Solar as our partner was an important decision. We are pleased with our decision. Canadian Solar is the largest solar manufacturer in Canada, known for manufacturing high performance solar modules. Both companies share in our commitment to the Ontario solar industry and are pleased to bring this showcase project online."
The 10MWac solar power plant, which is located in Elgin County, south of the Town of Alymer, Ontario, is scheduled to be completed and connected to the Ontario grid in July 2014. It is projected to generate over 17,500,000 kilowatt-hours per year. The Silvercreek solar power plant is powered by 48,384 Canadian Solar high performance CS6X modules that have been formally tested and awarded international certifications. Once connected to the grid, the plant is expected to power approximately 1,699 houses annually and is expected to displace approximately 246,940 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions over its 20-year operational period. This project is being developed as part of the Ontario Power Authority ("OPA") Feed-in Tariff contract.
"We take the utmost pride and bring the same high level of expertise and quality to every solar project we are involved with. As a result, our impressive track record of success worldwide, expanding global leadership and strong local manufacturing facilities in Canada made Canadian Solar an ideal partner. We are excited to be working with Silvercreek Solar Park on its first solar project in Canada and look forward to further expanding our relationship in the future as opportunities become available," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.
The Silvercreek solar farm will mark a milestone for the community, as Elgin County's first solar farm to be built and connected in the county. The solar farm, which will cover approximately 88 acres of land, is expected to create more than 150 new jobs throughout the development and construction phase of the project.