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Sun shines on Ontario’s renewable energy market

MEMC Singapore is partnering with Flextronics to produce solar photovoltaic panels and Sovello Canada says it will make solar modules, each of them doing so for the province’s burgeoning renewable energy market.


December 6, 2010
by PLANT STAFF

Newmarket mayor Tony Van Bynen and Jason Gray, SunEdison’s vice-president and country manager for Canada join Tony Shamata, general manager of Flextronics in Newmarket at the manufacturer’s plant.

Photo: SunEdison

TORONTO: MEMC Singapore is partnering with Flextronics to produce solar photovoltaic (PV) panels and Sovello Canada says it will make solar modules, each of them doing so for the province’s burgeoning renewable energy market.

SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. said its affiliate MEMC Singapore and Flextronics, an electronics manufacturing services manufacturer, will make the panels at Flextronics’ Newmarket, Ont. plant, creating 100 new jobs.

“This initiative will provide an initial 50 megawatts of annual panel capacity that will have the potential to scale to 200 megawatts over time, and therefore, has the potential to add even more green jobs for the province,” said Jason Gray, vice-president and country manager for SunEdison.

Production of the MEMC-branded solar panels is to begin during the second quarter of 2011. SunEdison said this will allow it and its project partners to exceed Ontario’s Feed-in Tariff Program’s 60% domestic content requirement while supporting anticipated growth in the region.

Sovello Canada has also announced it will be making its Project Pro solar modules for the Ontario market. Production will begin in the first quarter of 2011 in limited quantities of up to 2 megawatts per month for the rest of the year.

The Germany-based company said the modules, designed specifically for the Canadian market, will be sold through its distribution partner, AS Solar Inc. in Mount Albert, Ont.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO), responsible for managing Ontario’s bulk electricity power system and operating the wholesale market, said the integration of renewable energy is contributing to a broad and sweeping transformation of Ontario’s power system.

Its 18-month outlook report indicates that by 2012, new wind and solar resources will come into service at a rate of about 200 megawatts per month.

From December 2010 until May 2012, about 1,700 megawatts of new generation will come online, with associated transmission and distribution system upgrades and enhancements. Almost 1,000 megawatts represent renewable resources, bringing total grid-connected renewables to nearly 2,200 megawatts.

The IESO said over the same period, approximately 1,400 megawatts of additional renewables will be connected to Ontario’s distribution systems, bringing the total to about 2,100 megawatts.
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