Calgary, Canada [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Enbridge and First Solar will expand the Sarnia Solar Project from 20 megawatts (MW) of capacity to 80 MW, with a total system cost of approximately CAN $300 million for the expansion. When completed in the second half of 2010, it is expected to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in North America.
Enbridge and First Solar announced in October that Enbridge would acquire the initial 20 MW phase of the project that First Solar developed at the Sarnia site. This stage of the project achieved began full commercial operation on December 7, 2009.
“We welcome this new investment from Enbridge to expand the Sarnia project,” said Bruce Sohn, president of First Solar. “It demonstrates confidence in First Solar’s Engineering, Procurement and Construction team, which has recently completed the first 20 MW at Sarnia.”
The 60 MW expansion phase of the project is expected to begin construction this month and be completed by December 2010. The power output of the 80 MW facility will be sold to the Ontario Power Authority pursuant to 20-year Power Purchase Agreements under the terms of the Ontario Government’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program.
First Solar will also provide operations and maintenance services to Enbridge under a long-term contract.
First Solar will construct the solar project for Enbridge under a fixed price engineering, procurement and construction contract, utilizing its thin film photovoltaic technology. First Solar’s thin-film technology has been deployed in 1.5 gigawatts of installations in the U.S. and Europe.