International Power Canada’s Brockville Solar project under construction, creating a new stream of local jobs

International Power Canada (IPC) announced that construction has commenced at the Brockville Solar project in Leeds County, Ontario.

The project, developed under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, will have an installed capacity of 10 megawatts (MW), sufficient to serve nearly 1,700 Ontario homes annually. The project is expected to begin operating in early 2013.

IPC and its affiliates currently operate 362 MW of wind-powered and 112 MW of natural gas-fueled power generation facilities. The Brockville project is IPC’s first solar project.

IPC’s President Mike Crawley remarked, “With Brockville, IPC is diversifying our technology base and entering a new and exciting business area. We hope this is the first of many solar projects in our portfolio. We are pleased that the Brockville project is now under construction and will soon be providing clean, renewable energy to the province.”

The $50 million project is located in the Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, in Eastern Ontario. The AMEC Black & McDonald Joint Venture has been appointed as the EPC contractor responsible for engineering, construction and performance of the project. The solar modules are supplied by Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar modules. The construction team consists primarily of local labourers and electricians. “We have mobilized at the site and anticipate being at peak labour force – approximately eighty workers – later this summer,” said Peter Calabrese, Vice President at Black & McDonald.

To date, the site has been cleared, and final engineering is underway. Civil works will continue throughout the summer to construct the racks for the modules. Solar photovoltaic modules will begin arriving at the site in July.

The Brockville project also marks one of the first utility-scale solar projects for Suntech in Ontario. “We are very excited to be providing modules to the Brockville project. This builds on our global experience and demonstrates our commitment to the Ontario market,” said Howard Gomes, Suntech’s Director of Sales, Canada.