Canadian Solar has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with SkyPower to build another solar park in Ontario, Canada. The 10.5MW Thunder Bay park is the third development the two companies have teamed up on; in December, they signed EPC agreements for an 8.5MW plant in Napanee and a 10.5MW system in Thunder Bay.
Once operational, the portfolio will create hundreds of new jobs and generate around 28 million KWh of electricity per annum. SkyPower expects building work on all three projects to be finished by Q3.
“In continuing with the growth of Canadian Solar and our working partnership with SkyPower, this next collaboration strengthens our position as a leader in turnkey solution providers for utility scale and commercial systems in Ontario,” said Shawn Qu, CEO and president of Canadian Solar. “We see great synergy in manufacturing the solar panels and incorporating them into an overall system design to optimise performance and value for our customers while contributing to the reduction of our carbon imprint as a by-product of our joint achievements.”
“As Canada's largest developer and owner of solar projects, we are pleased to expand our relationship with Canadian Solar and once again select them to build this important project,” added SkyPower's president and CEO, Kerry Adler. “We look forward to the completion of these three solar projects as we continue to build out our extensive solar pipeline across the Province, which will to bring an abundance of economic, environmental and health benefits to the communities where we are actively building.
The three projects account for around 30MW of the 148.3MW SkyPower was recently awarded through thirteen power purchase agreements by the Ontario Power Authority under its Feed-in Tariff programme.