Canadian Solar commences construction on Canada's largest PV project

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Canadian Solar’s subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has this week begun construction on a 100 MW utility-scale solar power plant in Ontario, Canada.

The Grand Renewable Solar Project is the largest PV project in Canada, and has received the financial backing of Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, and the development expertise of Samsung Renewable Energy Inc.

Canadian Solar were awarded the contract to provide full EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) services in June – an agreement that is expected to generate revenues of $301.1 million (USD).

The plant is located in the Haldimand County and is expected to be fully operational by 2015. It will boast some 440,000 Canadian Solar CS6X high performance modules manufactured at a local Ontario facility jointly owned by Canadian Solar and Grand Renewable Solar LP. This facility is expected to provide 200 local manufacturing jobs before the end of 2013. In a Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA), Samsung has pledged to create approximately 9,000 renewable energy jobs across the Ontario province.

"Samsung is thankful to become part of this supportive community in Haldimand and proud of this historic partnership," said Samsung C&T vice president, KJ. Kim. "The Grand Renewable Solar Project will create hundreds of high-skilled jobs that will benefit real people in this community."

Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, Shawn Qu, added: "We thank Samsung and Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, as we enthusiastically move to the construction phase of this landmark project.

"When completed, this will be Canada’s largest PV project ever built. We are highly confident in our team’s ability to complete this large-scale project on schedule and on budget, while creating new employment opportunities and achieving the optimum power efficiency generation target levels anticipated to be delivered by the project."

Those sentiments were echoed by Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure’s president, Matt O’Brien: "We are pleased to have Canadian Solar as our construction partner and panel supplier on this groundbreaking project.

"As the largest manufacturer of solar panels in Ontario and among the leading integrated solar companies in the world, Canadian Solar is uniquely positioned to deliver on this unique construction project."