Energy & Power
RES Canada and SunEdison to build 20MW of Ontario FIT solar projects
By Alyssa Dalton
December 16, 2013 – Renewable Energy Systems Canada (RES Canada) has announced it will construct two 10MW solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities for SunEdison, where it will serve as the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) contractor for the Newboro I and Newboro IV projects. Both projects are located in Ontario and are intended to qualify for the province’s feed-in-tariff (FIT) program.
Newboro I and IV are scheduled for completion in 2014 and will use the SunEdison Silvantis 320W modules and Unirac fixed-tilt racks. The projects are located in Eastern Ontario between the towns of Westport and Newboro, and together will provide energy to power about 4000 average homes in the province. Each project will have more than 250 workers on site at the peak of construction activity.
“RES Canada is proud to be constructing these projects for SunEdison,” said Peter Clibbon, vice president of development for RES Canada. “Ontario’s commitment to renewable energy has already generated significant economic and job creation benefits, and these projects will continue that trend.”
Newboro I and IV are the fourth and fifth projects RES Canada has constructed for SunEdison, in addition to the SunE Rutley and Norfolk solar projects in Ontario, which are each 10MW. The electricity from Newboro I and IV will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).
“We are pleased to have RES Canada constructing these two projects,” said Michael Dilworth, SunEdison’s general manager and vice president, Canada. “Their in-house engineering resources and the ability of their procurement team to source materials locally are benefits we really appreciate. It is partnerships like these that help us grow our business in a profitable way.”