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Enbridge acquiring two Ontario solar projects

Enbridge is acquiring two solar energy projects in Ontario from First Solar that will have a combined generating capacity of 20 megawatts.


February 2, 2011
by PLANT STAFF

First Solar worker handling a photovoltaic solar cell.

Photo: First Solar

CALGARY: Enbridge Inc. is acquiring two solar energy projects in Ontario from First Solar Inc. that will have a combined generating capacity of 20 megawatts.

The Calgary-based energy company is investing approximately $90 million in the Tilbury Solar Project and Amherstburg II Solar Project

First Solar, a Tempe, Ariz.-based manufacturer of solar modules with offices in Sarnia, Ont., completed construction of the 5 megawatt Tilbury project in December. The nearby Amherstburg project, two facilities with a combined 15 megawatts of power, will be completed in the third quarter.

The company’s photovoltaic solar cells use less than 2% of the equivalent semiconductor content found in crystalline silicon modules to deliver high energy yields. First Solar says the cadmium telluride semiconductor material converts low and diffuse light to electricity more efficiently than conventional cells.

Together, the projects will account for 333,000 solar panels on 58 acres and will have the capacity to provide power to 3,200 homes, while saving the climate from about 10,000 tonnes of CO2 a year.

Under the terms of the agreements, First Solar constructs the projects under fixed-price engineering, procurement and construction contracts, and it will provide operations and maintenance services to Enbridge.

On the natural gas side of its North American business, Enbridge is expanding the condensate processing capacity of its Venice, La. facility to accommodate additional natural gas production from the Olympus offshore oil and gas development.

Enbridge says the $150 million expansion will more than double the capacity of the facility to approximately 12,000 barrels of condensate per day.

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