The largest solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in the world is now operating north of the border. Sarnia Solar facility, with a capacity of 80-megawatts (MW), is sitting in Ontario, Canada just north of Michigan. It surpasses the 60-MW Olmedilla PV Park in Spain and is expected to generate 120,00 megawatt-hours (MWh) each year.
Travel north of the U.S. border to the Canadian province of Ontario and you'll run into a thriving solar energy industry. You'll also find the work of Atlantic Wind and Solar (AWSL), a renewable energy company that has made considerable headway with solar installations and technology development across the province. Through the Ontario government's Feed-In Tariff Program (FIT) and a relationship with the Ontario Power Authority, AWSL has become a leading solar installer in the Canadian province.
Chinese solar-panel maker Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) today announced plans to open a manufacturing plant in Ontario, Canada. According to the company press release, the facility will be capable of producing 200 megawatts (mWs) of solar modules each year and is expected to create 500 local manufacturing jobs. Investors responded positively, initially driving shares up about nine percent in early trading.
Renewable energy sources like solar and wind have the potential to strongly contribute to our electricity mix in years to come. To get a better grasp on how solar and our electrical grid work together, I sat down with Gary Paul and Andy Roehr, both Vice Presidents of Capgemini’s Smart Energy Practice in North America.