Q-Cells and ATS to develop 64 MWs of large-scale solar projects in Ontario, Canada

The projects are said to represent approximately 10 percent of the 650 MW of ground mounted solar projects awarded throughout the province, and are expected to begin construction next year "and beyond".

The companies each hold a 50 percent interest in the project development company Ontario Solar PV Fields Inc., which reportedly received conditional feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in April for the projects.

ATS and Q-Cells have said they will both contribute project development, engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and related services to the venture. They added that the partnership will utilize domestic content modules supplied by Photowatt Ontario with Q-Cells solar cells.

"The Ontario market is projected to be one of the dominant solar markets in North America in 2011," said Marc van Gerven, Q-Cells North American chief executive officer. "This partnership is an excellent fit with our internationalization strategy by bringing together the global solar expertise of Q-Cells with leading local partners in the industry such as ATS."