Enfinity Canada (Enfinity) has broken ground on its latest green energy project, a 36 MW solar farm in East Hawkesbury, Ontario. The installation, called the Stardale project, will create jobs for graduates of the province’s photovoltaic training classes, like those offered at Ontario Solar Academy, the first institution of its kind to receive ISPQ certification.
Enfinity is the Ottawa-based subsidiary of Atlanta, Georgia’s Enfinity America Corporation (Enfinity America). In addition to doing business in Canada and the US, Enfinity maintains offices in thirteen other countries across Europe and Asia. The company finances and develops renewable energy projects across the globe and provides “turnkey solar solutions for commercial, municipal, and utility customers.”
According to Chris Young, Managing Director, “Enfinity’s international track record is proving to be very attractive to financing institutions in Ontario. We believe our approach and experienced team can bring many projects to fruition in a very short period of time.” Enfinity announced last fall that it expected to complete its East Hawkesbury project by spring of this year.
Ontario Rich with Photovoltaic Energy, Workers, Training Classes
When complete, the Stardale photovoltaic project will be a welcome addition to a thriving green economy that includes hundreds of renewable energy-generating facilities of all sizes, jobs, and solar installation classes. Ontario’s industry is fuelled by a feed-in tariff (FIT) program that pays high prices, locked into twenty-year contracts, to producers of green energy who tie their systems into the electrical grid. The FIT’s domestic content provisions keep investment money in the province by requiring owners of participating solar projects to certify that they used at least 60% Ontario-sourced labour and materials in their installations.
Enfinity expects to reveal more plans for solar projects within the next month. “…we are looking throughout our province and North America to acquire commercial solar projects from 500 kW to 25 MW and above,” says Young. The company’s ambitious plans follow a global trend toward using cleaner methods of generating power and will further increase demand for domestic content and certified solar workers.