MONTREAL—Quebec-based Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) has been chosen to build a 10-megawatt solar generation facility about an hour north of Toronto.
RES Canada said it was awarded a contract by Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. to build the GoldLight Solar LP solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Georgina, Ont.
Construction is slated to begin this summer, employing about 200 people, on the facility that will eventually provide energy to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) under a 20-year Feed-in Tariff (FIT) contract.
“RES Canada is pleased to be constructing its fourth project for Canadian Solar and expanding our FIT construction portfolio,” RES Canada vice-president of development Peter Clibbon said in a statement.
“Ontario’s investment in the FIT program shows the province’s continued commitment to renewable energy that is guided by the principles in their Long Term Energy Plan: cost-effectiveness, reliability, clean energy, community engagement, and conservation and demand management.”
The addition of the GoldLight project brings RES Canada’s Ontario solar construction portfolio to 80 megawatts under the FIT program.
“We are proud to be partnering with RES Canada, a leader in developing and constructing large utility-scale solar farms in the Ontario market,” said Colin Parkin, general manager of Canadian Solar.
“We chose RES to construct the latest project based on their previous execution on our other solar farms. Their established construction team and onsite project management gives us confidence that the GoldLight Solar project will be built to our standards.”
The facility is slated to be finished by the end of 2014.