Canadian Solar teams with Silvercreek on 10 MW solar plant

Canadian Solar Inc. subsidiary Canadian Solar Solutions has announced this week that it is to partner with Silvercreek Solar Park Inc. on a 10 MWac solar power plant in Ontario.

In what will be Silvercreek’s first foray into utility-scale PV deployment, the project will use 100% Ontario-made modules, having reached a Module Supply Agreement with Canadian Solar, who will supply 48,384 high performance CS6X modules for the ground-mounted project.

The 10 MWac solar plant will be located just south of the town of Alymer, in Elgin County, Ontario, and is scheduled to come online by July of this year. Early projections estimate that the plant will generate more than 17.5 million kWh of clean energy each year – enough to satisfy the power demands of 1,699 local homes every year. Additionally, the plant will mitigate the effects of 246,940 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions.

"This is our first project in Ontario and selecting Canadian Solar as our partner was an important decision," said Silvercreek president, Dave Moerman. "We are pleased with our decision. Canadian Solar is the largest solar manufacturer in Canada, known for manufacturing high performance solar modules. Both companies share in our commitment to the Ontario solar industry and are pleased to bring this showcase project online."

As part of the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Feed-in Tariff contract, the project has been established on a 20-year operational agreement, adding to Ontario’s commitment to deliver a greater range of clean and renewable energy sources.

The modules supplied by Canadian Solar come with a 10-year warranty for materials and workmanship, and are equally backed by a 25-year linear power output performance guarantee.

"We take utmost pride and bring the same high level of expertise and quality to every solar project we are involved with," said Canadian Solar chairman and CEO, Shawn Qu. "As a result, our impressive track record of success worldwide, expanding global leadership and strong local manufacturing facilities in Canada made Canadian Solar an ideal partner."

The 88-acre project will be the first solar plant to be built in Elgin County, marking a key milestone for the community and bringing the promise of 150 new jobs during the construction phase and ongoing operations of the plant.