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SunEdison and SkyPower receive Canadian solar award


December 16, 2009
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SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic materials, along with project partner, SkyPower, have been awarded the "Solar PV Project of the Year for Ground Mount" by CanSIA. The award was presented for the 9.1 MW First Light Solar Energy Park in Stone Mills, Ontario. The project is recognized by CanSIA as the largest solar energy park built to date in Canada.

The system, covering 90 acres of land, began transmitting energy to
Hydro One Networks on September 30. SunEdison and SkyPower expect First
Light to generate more than 10 million kWhs, enough electricity to
power approximately 1,000 homes in its first year of operation.

During construction of First Light, the companies worked closely with
Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources to successfully preserve
habitat for the endangered Eastern Loggerhead Shrike. First Light was
built on bedrock that would have had limited use for other
developments, meeting the priority for protecting agricultural lands.