Canadian Solar active on several fronts

Canadian Solar, Inc. has supplied modules for three utility and commercial photovoltaic (PV) projects in the United States, while a subsidiary has closed on contracts to build, operate and maintain two solar farms in Ontario.

Canadian Solar will supply more than 8 MW of solar modules to groSolar for three projects in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The largest installation is a 6-MW plant currently under construction in Lancaster County, Pa. Canadian Solar provided high-performance solar modules for the plant, which will supply around 7.5 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of solar energy per year under a 15-year power purchase agreement (PPA). The installation was designed to support both farmland preservation and agricultural soil restoration in Lancaster. When completed, it will be the largest solar installation in the state of Pennsylvania.

Two of the PV projects have recently been completed. groSolar selected Canadian Solar’s monocrystalline PV modules for the 1.8-MW project, located at the Camden County Municipal Utility Authority’s (CCMUA) wastewater treatment plant in Camden, N.J. The system was designed and built to span open wastewater treatment tanks, with the solar generated electricity sold by the third party owner to CCMUA.

Also, modules were supplied for the construction of the 1.5-MW PV system at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Penn. The combined production of both plants is expected to produce approximately 4.95 million kWh of clean solar energy and offset approximately 3,712 tons of carbon emissions per year.

All three groSolar projects were built using Canadian Solar’s workhorse module, the CS6P.

Canadian Solar subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has closed an 18.7-MW turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and operations and maintenance agreement for the construction and operation of two new solar energy farms in Ontario, Canada, for Penn Energy Renewables Ltd. Construction will begin in the third quarter of 2012, with the projects expected to be fully operational in the summer of 2013.   

The solar farms are expected to produce enough electricity to power approximately 2,600 homes. The installations are anticipated to create more than 100 new jobs during the development and construction phases.

Canadian Solar, Inc. is a vertically integrated provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules and other solar applications.

groSolar serves the 1 to 20 MW commercial and utility markets with complete EPC, financing, and development support.

Penn Energy Renewables Ltd. is the Canadian member of the Penn Group of Companies, which is headquartered outside Philadelphia. Pa. develops, acquires and invests in utility-scale solar farms. In Ontario, Penn Energy Renewables Ltd. has seven executed Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) contracts with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) for projects with power generation capacity in excess of 60 MW.