SolarWorld has begun to ship its modules to the 33MW Stardale PV Solar Project site in Ontario, Canada. The solar project will be installed across 300-acres of land in East-Hawkesbury and use about 144,060 solar panels to generate 39GWh of solar electricity per year. The Stardale project is the first solar electric power project from Innergex, which bought the project from Enfinity in April. The CAN$140 million project began construction in November 2010 and should be completed by the first quarter of 2012.
Rafael Dobrzynski, CEO of Enfinity Americas, said, “In a major transaction like this, many different elements work together to deliver a successful outcome. SolarWorld’s innovative production and freight solutions played an important part in the deal. From our perspective, it is crucial that the product is manufactured in the USA, which enables the project to apply for support from the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank), improving the overall feasibility of the project.”
SolarWorld makes special note of its shipment practices for the Stardale project, acknowledging that its modules are being delivered from SolarWorld’s Hillsboro, Oregon, plant to the Ontario work site by rail. In general, every week the company sees an average of 30 trucks carrying 540 panels (about 3.75MW) leave the Hillsboro facility and head to the Port of Portland’s nearby intermodal facility, which then transfers the panels to a rail car for their trip to Ontario.
“Low-impact shipping is just another upside of SolarWorld’s in-market manufacturing,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas. “A truly green manufacturer not only produces clean products but also minimizes the impact of its production. Our manufacturing in North America reflects that commitment.”