Creating Clean Energy Jobs in London

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Creating Clean Energy Jobs in London

Ontario Supporting Launch of New Solar Facility

Ministry of Energy

Ontario is creating 200 manufacturing and R&D jobs by supporting the launch of a new clean energy manufacturing facility in London.

Operated by Canadian Solar Inc., the renewable energy plant will manufacture both solar panels for large scale solar farms and medium voltage power stations (MV stations), which feed electricity produced by solar modules onto the electricity grid.

The panels and MV stations manufactured at the facility will be used at the Grand Renewable Solar (GRS) project, part of the Grand Renewable Energy Park located in Haldimand County.

When complete, the GRS will be the largest solar installation of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Samsung Renewable Energy, Inc. will build and operate the GRS which is expected to produce enough clean energy each year to power over 17,000 households or a city the size of Waterloo.

Building a clean energy economy and supporting innovation is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • The new manufacturing facility will supply approximately 445,000 solar panels to the Grand Renewable Energy Park.
  • Ontario is a leader in solar photovoltaic (PV) development in Canada with the most solar PV capacity of any jurisdiction in Canada. The province has over 1,000 MW online – expected to produce enough electricity to power more than 120,000 homes each year.
  • Ontario is currently home to the 100 largest solar PV projects in Canada.
  • By August 2014, the Independent Electricity System Operator is expecting approximately 3,100MW of additional renewable capacity to be connected to the grid — expected to be enough to power about 980,000 homes each year.

Quotes

Bob Chiarelli

“Ontario continues to be a leader in innovation and technological advancement in the clean energy sector. Our commitment to bring clean energy sources online will not only drive the province’s economy and stimulate job growth it will also improve the air we breathe.”

Bob Chiarelli

Minister of Energy

Deb Matthews

“I’m delighted that Canadian Solar chose to open here in London, creating new manufacturing, research and development jobs. This is great news for London and will help boost our local economy, and also continues our government’s commitment to building cleaner energy in Ontario.”

Deb Matthews

MPP, London North Centre

Media Contacts

  • Jennifer Beaudry

    Minister's Office

    Jennifer.Beaudry@ontario.ca

    416-325-2690

  • Lynn Wong

    Communications Branch

    Lynn.Wong@ontario.ca

    416-326-4542

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