Ontario-based Canadian Solar, Inc. (Canadian Solar) has announced its participation in the European solar industry’s most powerful photovoltaic (PV) installation to date. The 70 MW solar array was constructed and recently connected by SunEdison, based out of Spain and Beltsville, Maryland, which also maintains an office in Toronto. SunEdison is an international developer, financer, operator, and monitor of solar plants across the globe. Canadian Solar was among the companies who contributed solar panels to SunEdison for the project.
Over the last decade, the Canadian Solar team has applied its solar industry training and experience in seven countries across the globe and operates as many manufacturing plants worldwide. Between 2002 and 2009, the company’s revenue increased by almost $600 million. According to its website, Canadian Solar’s products “adhere to the strictest international quality standards, backed by IEC, TUV, (and) UL, certifications.” Canadian Solar recently formed Canadian Solar Solutions to take part in the vibrant PV market that has sprung up in its home province.
Company, Province Create Clean Power, Alternative Energy Jobs
Ontario’s solar projects benefit from its feed-in tariff (FIT) and microFIT programs, the first of their kind in North America, which pay above-market rates, guaranteed over twenty years, to alternative energy producers who feed solar, wind, and biomass installations into the provincial power grid. The programs create renewable energy, jobs, and inspire new educational opportunities such as PV training certification courses.
Canadian Solar’s and its subsidiary’s most significant contribution to the Ontario industry to date is a solar panel manufacturing facility in Guelph, which the companies expect will begin operations by spring of 2011. They predict that the plant will produce 200 MW worth of panels each year and provide the province with up to 500 new alternative energy jobs. According to the company’s President, Shawn Qu, the facility will be one of the largest of its kind in North America.
With its international efforts, Canadian Solar makes Canada’s influence felt and its commitment to environmental sustainability known across the globe. And with its Guelph plant, it will also do its part to ensure the successes of Ontario’s FIT and microFIT programs.