Canadian Solar picks contractors for 100-MW Ontario project

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) announced Nov. 5 that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions, has selected ABB and its consortium partner Bondfield Construction Co. Ltd. to supply a 100 MW turnkey solar photovoltaic (PV) plant.

The project is the previously announced Grand Renewable Energy Project. The project is being done in cooperation with Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. and Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure.

The 100-MW utility-scale solar farm will be Canada’s largest photovoltaic project. Canadian Solar Solutions is the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project.

“The selection of ABB and Bondfield is the culmination of an extensive evaluation process, whereby we considered parties based on numerous criteria, including direct operating experience in Canada, total solution offerings, and examples of prior turnkey construction work on this larger scale. This is a major project for all parties involved, with ideal partners in Samsung and Connor Clark & Lunn Infrastructure. We are pleased to be moving forward on schedule and are fully intent on hitting all coming milestones on or ahead of plan,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

“We are delighted to work with Canadian Solar Solutions on what will be Canada’s largest solar PV plant and to support Samsung’s visionary renewable energy initiative,” said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. “Our range of solar product and system offerings combined with an extensive track record in efficiently executing optimized utility-scale PV plants around the world will enable us to deliver a best-in-class solution.”

ABB will provide a balance of system solution comprising of a broad range of power and automation products. ABB is also responsible for engineering, electrical installation, commissioning, and performance testing of the plant. Ontario-based Bondfield will be responsible for all aspects of the civil works, including the foundation design and installation, along with all mechanical installation and assembly. 

When fully operational in 2015, the PV power plant is expected to produce about 165,000 megawatt-hours of emission-free electricity a year.

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