TORONTO, and BELTSVILLE, MD, May 18 /CNW/ - Joint venture partners
SkyPower Corp. and SunEdison Canada LLC are pleased to announce the award of
their first Standard Offer Contract with the Ontario Power Authority.
The 9.12 megawatt solar project, to be located in Norfolk County in
South-Central Ontario, will interconnect with local utility Norfolk Power. The
solar park will generate enough green renewable energy to displace
9,500 metric tonnes of carbon emissions annually that would have otherwise
been produced by non-renewable power generation in Ontario. The solar power
will be generated and used to meet the needs of the local Norfolk region.
"Norfolk Power is a strong supporter of distributed generation and green
power renewable sources. This 9.12 megawatt solar park will provide clean
solar power where and when our customers need it most," noted Fred Druyf,
President & CEO of Norfolk Power. "Demand for electricity is at its highest
during the hot summer months. This solar park will be at maximum production
during the summer and will significantly help Norfolk Power meet our local
customers' energy needs."
A 20 year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar park was awarded
to SkyPower Corp. and SunEdison Canada under the Ontario Power Authority's
Standard Offer Program. Under the PPA, SkyPower and SunEdison Canada will own,
build and maintain the solar park.
Approximately 50 local jobs will be created for construction of the plant
and 2 full time long-term positions will be created for operations and
maintenance of the solar park. Construction on the solar park is currently
scheduled to begin in fall 2007.The project is scheduled to be operational and
delivering clean renewable power to the Ontario grid by early 2008.
Kerry Adler, President and CEO of SkyPower Corp., commented: "This award
allows Norfolk Power to meet customers' increasing energy demands with green
power. At 9.12 megawatts, this solar park could be the model for how
traditional utilities can deploy clean solar energy. This is the first of the
targeted 50 megawatt deployments from SkyPower and SunEdison Canada that will
be spread across the province. This will allow us to distribute the benefits
of solar power generation to multiple communities while generating clean
renewable solar power across Ontario."
Jigar Shah, CEO of SunEdison Canada, said, "The Ontario Power Authority
is clearly committed to providing clean energy for its customers. SunEdison
Canada is proud to be working with SkyPower on this project. Ontario has
become a leader in creating policies and solutions that meet the growing
energy needs of its businesses and citizens."
About SkyPower Corp.
SkyPower is Canada's leading independent renewable energy developer with
interests in over 50 wind and solar projects at various stages of development
across 12 provinces/states, representing more than 7,000 MW of potential
capacity. SkyPower's strategy involves bringing a portfolio of renewable
energy projects from exploration phase through to construction and commercial
operation and is focused on being the largest owner and operator of renewable
energy parks across Canada. SkyPower also has over 1,000MW of wind energy
under development in India.
About SunEdison LLC
SunEdison Canada is a subsidiary of SunEdison LLC , the largest solar
energy services provider. Sun Edison, LLC, is North America's leading solar
energy services provider. SunEdison provides solar-generated energy at or
below current retail utility rates to a broad and diverse client base of
commercial, municipal and utility customers.
For further information:
For further information: SunEdison LLC, Rob Wyse, (212) 920-1470,
firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sunedison.com; SkyPower Corp., Michelle Chislett, (416)
979-4625, email@example.com, www.skypower.com