New solar deals for Ontario FIT market

Sustainable Energy Technologies, Photowatt Ontario and Brightroof Solar are ensuring the sun shines on Ontario’s power grid, each announcing new supplier and installation deals.

May 5, 2011   by PLANT STAFF

TORONTO: The sun continues to shine on Ontario’s renewable energy market with partnership and investment announcements today.

Sustainable Energy Technologies Ltd., a Calgary-based innovator of solar inverter technology, is collaborating with Eclipsall Energy Corp. to design, package and market more than 10 megawatts of solar power kits based on the SUNERGY inverter.

The kits will contain Sustainable Energy’s “Made in Ontario” inverters and Eclipsall’s NRG PV modules and be available in the third quarter to solar power installers, especially those in the under 10 kilowatt micro-FIT market in Ontario, and other North American markets.

Eclipsall makes monocrystalline photovoltaic (PV) modules in 60 and 72 cell configurations at its 120,000 square foot manufacturing in Toronto.

The micro-FIT market is ripe for picking. Sustainable Energy notes as of April 1, more than 27,500 micro-FIT applications have been received, representing 252 megawatts and of these more than 20,000 conditional offers have been made, representing 186 megawatts. But of the approved projects, Ontario Power Authority data shows only 21% have been installed.

Photowatt Ontario, an ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. company based in Cambridge, Ont. that makes solar modules, entered into a two-year agreement with an unnamed global supplier of solar power serving the Ontario market.

The deal involves approximately 24 megawatts of modules with the potential for volumes to increase by an additional 24 megawatts.

Photowatt said its modules will be marketed under the customer’s brand name and will be fully compliant with Ontario FIT and Micro FIT content requirements.

And BrightRoof Solar LP, which is investing $100 million in rooftop solar energy installations, has submitted more than 40 applications to the Ontario Power Authority for FIT contracts.

BrightRoof, established by solar power project developer CarbonFree Technology in Toronto and infrastructure investment firm Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure, said the projects will create more than $50 million of equipment sales and installation work in Ontario, while adding more than 12 megawatts of generating capacity to the province’s power grid.

Project sites are located across Ontario on roof space leased from institutional property owners.

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