Canadian Solar and Samsung open Ontario module fab


Canadian Solar has officially opened the module manufacturing facility developed with Samsung in London, Ontario.

The module production line, which started operations in November, is part of a $5 billion renewables commitment to the government of Ontario by Samsung and four clean energy partners – including Canadian Solar and German inverter manufacturer SMA – to create 9,000 renewables jobs in the province.

The Green Energy Investment Agreement has seen Samsung and Canadian Solar develop the last of the electronics giant’s four manufacturing facilities in Ontario as the province aims to end coal-fired power generation by the end of the year.

A Canadian Solar press release published yesterday to mark the grand opening, said the London module factory – which will also produce power stations and act as a solar energy research and product development center – has created 200 local manufacturing jobs.

More than 1,000 renewables manufacturing jobs created

Samsung says it has created more than 1,000 renewables manufacturing jobs across the four plants, which also include a facility developed with Siemens in Tillsonburg, a factory built with SMA in Toronto and another with CS Wind in Windsor.

With Samsung committed to developing a 300 MW solar pipeline in Ontario which includes the 100 MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County and the 100 MW Sol-Luce Kingston Solar PV Project in Kingston and Loyalist Township, the company claims it will create around 9,000 renewable energy jobs as it develops a 1.4 GW renewables portfolio.

The news came a day after Chinese company Canadian Solar announced it had secured C$48 million (US$43.6 million) in construction and term financing from Manufacturer’s Life Insurance Company for the Val Caron solar project it is developing in Ontario for Concord Green Energy Inc.

In a positive week for the manufacturer, Canadian Solar released largely positive fourth-quarter and full year 2013 trading figures on Wednesday.