SunEdison, SkyPower open first ground-mounted system in Canada

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SunEdison Canada and SkyPower’s First Light project — Canada’s first ground-mounted PV solar system — has now been activated. The 9.1MW, 90-acre project is located in Stone Mills, Ontario.

The joint venture companies have high expectations for this project, hoping it will generate over 10million kWhs of solar energy. That total is enough electricity to power approximately 1,000 homes in the first year of operation.

“This is truly a very proud moment for SkyPower and its joint venture partner SunEdison, together the pioneering architects of Canada’s first and, so far, only operational solar park,” said Kerry Adler, Chief Executive Officer of SkyPower. “This is a significant milestone for the people of Canada and will help generate a brighter future for generations to come. It is also a testament to the great things that can be achieved when private enterprise, the Ontario government and the local community work together through innovative public policy.”

According to SunEdison COO Carlos Domenech, “As the largest system deployed under Ontario’s RESOP, First Light Solar Park is a first step in our plan to develop more rooftop and ground-mount solar systems. Our joint venture in this project with SkyPower is a success and in full operation, delivering the benefits of solar to Ontario.”

Domenech also hopes that the province’s recently announced feed-in tariff (FiT) program will continue to stimulate solar development in the country. “Our efforts provide a clear example of how companies can work with government and community organizations to protect endangered species while generating clean renewable energy and delivering greater environmental benefits,” he said.

SunEdison and SkyPower worked closely with Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources when contructing the First Light solar project. This helped to ensure the successful preservation of the habitat for the endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrike on the property.

The opening ceremony for the project is planned for October 14, 2009 in Stone Mills, Ontario.

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