Q-Cells is tapping into the Ontario PV market via a c-Si solar cell supply deal and joint venture operation with ATS Automation Tooling Systems to meet local content requirements on projects initially amounting to 64MW. This is approximately 10% of the 650MW of ground-mounted solar projects awarded so far in the Canadian province. The seven projects are expected to begin construction in 2011 and beyond, according to Q-Cells.
Module manufacturer and project developer, Photowatt, based in Ontario Canada will use c-Si solar cells produced by Q-Cells in an agreement with ATS Automation, owner of Photowatt to supply the modules via 50/50 owned project development company Ontario Solar PV Fields.
ATS and Q-Cells will both contribute project development, engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and related services to the venture.
“The Ontario market is projected to be one of the dominant solar markets in North America in 2011,” said Marc van Gerven, Q-Cells North American Chief Executive Officer. “This partnership is an excellent fit with our internationalization strategy by bringing together the global solar expertise of Q-Cells with leading local partners in the industry such as ATS.”