JinkoSolar signs 17 MW order in western Canada

JinkoSolar Canada, a wholly owned unit of the Chinese Tier-1 solar manufacturer, will supply 48,500 of its Mono PERC modules to Borea Construction ULC. The Quebec City-based contractor will install the PV modules at a site in Newell county, roughly 185 km southeast of Calgary, near the small city of Brooks, Alberta.

“We needed very high-efficiency modules for the Brooks Solar Project and JinkoSolar presented the best value,” said Murray Westerberg, a regional director for Borea Construction.

The project is owned by Canadian renewables developer Elemental Energy, in partnership with Emissions Reduction Alberta, a not-for-profit organization that backs the development of technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Elemental Energy provided all of the equity financing for the Brooks project, which is scheduled for completion by the fourth quarter of this year, according to the Vancouver-based company’s website.

Alberta has built roughly 1.5 GW of utility-scale wind capacity, but very little solar has been installed, with virtually nothing deployed at the utility scale thus far. However, deployment is set to expand in the province, partly on the back of upcoming procurement rounds under the provincial government and the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO). Multiple gigawatts of coal-fired generation will also be gradually taken offline in the province in the years ahead, which will provide additional room to build large-scale solar projects over the longer term. A number of companies currently have big projects in development, including Solar Krafte Utilities, which announced plans in July to develop 120 MW of solar in Alberta.

Vertically integrated JinkoSolar manufactures 7.5 GW of PV modules per year, in addition to 4.5 GW of PV cells and 6 GW of silicon ingots and wafers. Earlier this week, it agreed to work with microinverter specialist Enphase Energy on a new AC module that will pair the California-based company’s IQ6 microinverters with the Chinese manufacturer’s mono PERC modules. JinkoSolar also announced a tie-up with German metallization solutions provider Heraeus to jointly develop “Super PV Cells.”