MISSISSAUGA, ON, Nov. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - 5.7MW of Silfab solar modules for Ontario's first solely owned First
Nations ground mounted solar project in Ontario, Canada.
Alderville First Nation, located north of Cobourg, has completed their
5.7MW Solar Park. Power produced by the Rice Lake region installation
will be used to feed into the grid supplying energy to neighboring
farms and homes. All in all, the system is expected to provide almost 7
Millions of kilowatt hours of power annually or enough clean energy for
729 homes. It will also offset approximately 4,732 tonnes of carbon
The well attended ribbon cutting ceremony occurred on October 25th under a clear sky. Following the opening remarks by Chief Marsden and
Grand Chief Madahbee, His Honourable MPP, David Zimmer, Ontario
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, addressed the community and brought the
congratulations of the Ontario Government, reminding the audience how
this solar park was the first in the Province entirely owned by a First
Nation and how he was expecting more would follow in its footsteps. The
project was commissioned under the Ontario's Feed-in Tariff program and
the inauguration followed by a few days the announcement that the Green
Energy Act goal of phasing out coal power in Southern Ontario would be
reached by the end of 2013, one year ahead of schedule.
Mr. Paolo Maccario, COO and General Manager of Silfab and CEO of Espe
Sunparc America was in attendance and recognized as one of the valuable
partners for the early participation in the project, and ultimately the
supply of all the solar PV modules, foundations and racking.
The original intent to optimize module generation utilizing mono
crystalline cells, as well as training and employing the Alderville
community members in the full installation of structures and modules,
was fully accomplished and the project completed one day ahead of
schedule, in spite of what Chief Marsden described as significant
challenges deriving by this being the only project of this magnitude
entirely financed by a First Nation.
Silfab Ontario is currently manufacturing modules for multiple solar
farms that will end up in over 60MW feeding into the Ontario grid. To
meet demands Silfab Ontario Inc. has expanded its annual production
capacity from 90MW per annum to 144MW. The Company has, at the same
time continued with its development of high efficient and "intelligent"
modules recently introducing the first North American made Smart
Module. Silfab combines the Company's high performance modules with
new technology from Tigo Energy to deliver a comprehensive solution to
increase power output, and enhance operations and maintenance resulting
in better project economics for customers and installers alike.
"By increasing shipment volumes and further expanding automation, we
continue to maintain Silfab Ontario Inc. as the most automated and
highest quality solar module manufacturer in Canada, while further
improving the value proposition to our customers." said Paolo Maccario,
COO and General Manager of Silfab Ontario Inc., "we congratulate Chief
Marsden and the Alderville Community for their achievement and for
being a real leader in Ontario and in the respect of our environment".
SOURCE: Silfab Ontario Inc.
For further information:
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Name: Wilfred Laman
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Silfab Ontario Inc
Phone: 905-255-2501 extension 737