Large-scale utility solar developer Axio Power announced that it has been awarded 90MW of distributed, ground-mounted solar power projects by the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) Feed-In Tariff program. The program is an initiative of the Province’s breakthrough Green Energy and Economy Act.
An additional 50 MW of projects for Axio Power is pending final approval, based on the OPA’s Economic Connection Test, providing the company with the lion’s share of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic contracts contracted by the OPA’s program.
Although Axio Power’s headquarters are in California, it is its Kingston offices that has developed the projects and will finance, build, own and operate all of the facilities using solar modules and related equipment. This local involvement meets the 60 percent Ontario domestic content requirements of the program.
“Having worked in the province for over 2 years, Axio Power is thrilled to be awarded these contracts. It is a significant achievement for the company,” says Rob Miller, VP of Canadian Development at Axio Power.
“We remain committed to delivering the highest quality solar projects to Ontario and our utility customers and look forward to continuing to work with our partners in the province. These projects will contribute to the communities in which our projects are based, creating hundreds of jobs and providing upwards of 12,000 homes in the province with clean, renewable energy.”
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Axio Power worked closely with the Canadian Solar Industries Association and the OPA to develop its projects and they thanked the Ontario government and the Ministries of Environment and Energy and Infrastructure for their support.
An investment of over CDN $400 million was earmarked for the 90MW projects, which are to be developed in the Fort Erie, Simcoe, Welland, Odessa, Alfred, and Kingston areas. This contract will result in the creation of green jobs in the construction, manufacturing, engineering, project development and related sectors in the Province.
John-Paul Shearer, Director of Business Development for the Kingston Economic Development Corporation [KEDCO] said “This is tremendous news for Kingston and the region and it reinforces that the Kingston area is becoming a centre for green technology.”
“With the majority of Axio projects surrounding the Kingston area, the local economy will feel the positive effects of the investment and new jobs, with many more indirect new jobs created through our strong local supply chain in to this sector. We have been working with Axio Power over the past few years and we are delighted to see their hard work and vision pay off.”
The Feed-In Tariff program by OPA represents the largest green energy investment of its kind in Canadian history and will substantially increase the amount of renewable energy generated in Ontario. It will account for a significant part of the government’s goal of eliminating all coal-fired generation by 2014 to combat climate change.