Four solar power projects by Northland Power come online in Ontario

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The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) confirmed that four of six projects in the first phase of Northland Power's 130 MW ground-mounted solar power program are now operating.

The facilities, located in eastern Ontario in the municipalities of Crosby, Rideau Lakes and Belleville, will provide 40 MW of power to the Ontario transmission grid under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the OPA's feed-in tariff (FIT) program.

The projects entered construction in 2012, and were built by Miwel Construction Limited, a unit of Aecon Group Inc., using Ontario-made equipment and Ontario labor. Photovoltaic modules were assembled in Ontario under contract with MEMC Singapore Pte. Ltd.

The inverters (power conversion units) were supplied by SMA Canada Inc. and were also manufactured in Ontario. About 2,000 Ontario workers supported the manufacturing, construction and related services associated with the first phase of the Northland projects.

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