One of Canada’s largest owners and developers of solar projects, SkyPower, has signed on with Fort Williams First Nation in Thunder Bay, Ontario to develop a solar park on the First Nation’s land. The 10MW project will cover about 10,000 acres of Fort Williams’ property and house 45,000 solar panels. “This successful partnership demonstrates our commitment to strategic partnerships in renewable energy and we continue to explore similar opportunities to ensure a brighter future for future generations,” said SkyPower President and CEO, Kerry Adler.
When the park is completed, it will generate enough clean energy to power the equivalent of 17,000 homes a year for the next twenty years, while ensuring a host of new alternative energy jobs. “Our energy plan is creating jobs for Ontario families and is turning Ontario into a global clean energy powerhouse,” said Minister of Energy, the Hon. Brad Duguid. “It is important partnerships like this one with First Nations communities that will help ensure a clean, strong and reliable energy system for the future of our children and grandchildren.”
Ontario Solar Park Creates Alternative Energy Jobs
According to SkyPower, this solar park will create at least 100 new alternative energy jobs in the local area. Senior Director, James Pagonis, hopes the community will provide more educational opportunities such as solar panel classes and PV training courses. “We are creating high quality, good paying jobs and providing local investment that will strengthen the local economy,” said Adler. PV courses are recommended, as the project will be completed by the end of summer 2011.
SkyPower Boosts Need for PV Courses
In addition to its numerous solar panel projects across Ontario, SkyPower allows property owners to get involved with the feed-in-tariff (FIT) program – an ambitious government incentive that not only helps to boost the provincial economy, but it also helps boost overall demand for solar panel classes and related green training. Consumers willing to use SkyPower’s rooftop solar PV applications can actively partake in Ontario’s emerging green energy economy and receive generous incentive payments for any clean energy produced and fed into the grid, thus, contributing to a healthier environment and creating more alternative energy jobs