In an attempt to further tap into the success of Ontario’s blossoming solar industry, Suntech Power is now manufacturing panels that satisfy the local content requirements necessary to qualify for the province’s feed-in tariff (FiT) programme.
Since the start of the year, projects wishing to be eligible for the microFiT and FiT have been required to utilise at least 60% domestic content, and by using 100% Ontario-refined silicon, Suntech's 225Wp and 275Wp panels comfortably meet this criteria. The silicon is produced by Vaughan-based Calisolar.
“With Suntech 225Wp and 275Wp solar panels, we have a world-class option for delivering solar projects in Ontario,” said Eric Kalmbach, chief operating officer of NorthGrid Solar. “Ontario FiT compliance enables us to continue providing the high level of excellence we demand from our suppliers. Competition is healthy for the solar industry in Ontario and globally. It leads to better quality and, most importantly, helps to drive down the cost of solar electricity, which ultimately encourages even further investment.”
“Readily-available, high-quality solar silicon is critical to the solar value chain and growth of the solar industry,” added Calisolar CEO Sandra Beach Lin. “Suntech has been working with us for three years and continues to invest resources and effort to make our operations in Ontario world class. This is a great opportunity for our two companies to help meet Ontario's renewable energy goals while creating 75 high-quality jobs in Ontario.”