More Ontario Solar Activity: Photowatt To Assemble Modules, SMA To Distribute Inverters

The list keeps on growing when it comes to companies setting up facilities an distribution in Ontario, Canada, home to the latest feed-in tariff for the solar energy space. This round is all about distribution and assembly as ATS Automation and SMA America make their moves into the province.

ATS Automation Tooling Systems’ operating subsidiary, Photowatt Ontario Inc. has said that it plans to assemble solar power modules at its own facility as well as through a contract manufacturing arrangement with an Ontario-based partner during the first half of 2010.

“Demand for solar energy is rapidly developing in Ontario”, said Anthony Caputo, ATS’ CEO. “Photowatt Ontario has a number of project development opportunities in the pipeline, many of which have now been submitted as Feed-In Tariff applications to the Ontario Power Authority.”

ATS and Photowatt have been involved in the development of more than 10 solar projects in Ontario including sites at the CN Tower, the head office of Ontario Power Generation, the University of Toronto and EMS headquarters in the Region of Waterloo.

Meanwhile, Pure energies has reached announced a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with SMA America LLC outlining the supply of 17 megawatts (MW) of solar inverters in 2010, with a target goal of 50 MW over the next three years.

Pure energies will meet the Ontario Power Authority’s (OPA) MicroFiT domestic content requirement by using local labor and components and will include SMA Sunny Boy inverters in its program for the Ontario residential market. The company last week reached a module supply deal with Suntech.

“Partnering with SMA was critical and will allow Pure energies to supply the fast-growing committed demand of the Ontario solar market with high-quality solar power systems and the most reliable inverters available,” said Ryan McCalley, vice president and co-founder of Pure energies. “This agreement solidifies Pure energies position as Ontario’s prime provider of ‘complete turnkey offerings’ for residential solar and ensures our customers will receive the best, most affordable solution available.”


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