GDF SUEZ Canada and its joint venture partners Mitsui & Co. Ltd. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure said May 28 that the 10-MW Brockville Solar project in Leeds County, Ontario, has entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority.
The project, developed under Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, consists of 42,000 panels on approximately 80 acres of land.
GDF SUEZ Canada and partners Mitsui & Co. and Fiera Axium currently operate 362 MW of wind-powered facilities in the Canadian Maritimes and Ontario, and have another 300 MW of wind projects under construction in Ontario and British Columbia. The Brockville project is the joint venture’s first solar installation in Canada.
GDF SUEZ Canada’s President Mike Crawley said: “With Brockville, we are diversifying our technology base and entering a new and exciting business area. We are proud to be providing another form of clean, renewable energy to the province and hope this will be the first of many solar projects in our portfolio.”
The lead contractor responsible for engineering, construction, and performance of the project was a joint venture of AMEC Americas Ltd. and Black & McDonald Ltd. The construction team consisted primarily of local laborers and electricians.
GDF SUEZ Canada is part of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, which manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration, natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales, asset-based trading and origination, and retail energy sales and related services to commercial and industrial customers. GDF SUEZ Energy North America is a subsidiary of the international energy groups, GDF SUEZ Energy International and GDF SUEZ.