International Power Canada’s Brockville Solar Project under Construction, Creating a New Stream of Local Jobs
TORONTO, July 6, 2012 /CNW/ – International Power Canada (IPC) announced
today that construction has commenced at the Brockville Solar project
in Leeds County, Ontario. The project, developed under Ontario’s
Feed-in Tariff (FIT) Program, will have an installed capacity of 10
megawatts (MW), sufficient to serve nearly 1,700 Ontario homes
annually. The project is expected to begin operating in early 2013.
IPC and its affiliates currently operate 362 MW of wind-powered and 112
MW of natural gas-fueled power generation facilities. The Brockville
project is IPC’s first solar project.
IPC’s President Mike Crawley remarked, “With Brockville, IPC is
diversifying our technology base and entering a new and exciting
business area. We hope this is the first of many solar projects in our
portfolio. We are pleased that the Brockville project is now under
construction and will soon be providing clean, renewable energy to the
The $50 million project is located in the Township of
Elizabethtown-Kitley, in Eastern Ontario. The AMEC Black & McDonald
Joint Venture has been appointed as the EPC contractor responsible for
engineering, construction and performance of the project. The solar
modules are supplied by Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar
modules. The construction team consists primarily of local labourers
and electricians. “We have mobilized at the site and anticipate being
at peak labour force – approximately eighty workers – later this
summer,” said Peter Calabrese, Vice President at Black & McDonald.
To date, the site has been cleared, and final engineering is underway.
Civil works will continue throughout the summer to construct the racks
for the modules. Solar photovoltaic modules will begin arriving at the
site in July.
The Brockville project also marks one of the first utility-scale solar
projects for Suntech in Ontario. “We are very excited to be providing
modules to the Brockville project. This builds on our global experience
and demonstrates our commitment to the Ontario market,” said Howard
Gomes, Suntech’s Director of Sales, Canada.
Today, International Power operates 27 renewable facilities powered by
solar, wind, biomass, and conventional hydro energy, totaling a
capacity of 667 MW within North America. Additionally, two pumped
storage hydro plants add another 1,124 MW to the clean energy mix. In
Canada specifically, the company currently operates five wind farms
totaling 362 MW in the Canadian Maritimes and Ontario, and has another
300 MW of wind generation projects under construction in Ontario and
About International Power in North America:
International Power manages a range of energy businesses in the U.S.,
Mexico, and Canada, including electricity generation and cogeneration,
natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) distribution and sales,
asset-based trading and origination, and retail energy sales and
related services to commercial and industrial customers.
The company owns and/or operates cogeneration, steam, and chilled water
facilities, representing a capacity of more than 14,000 MW of
electricity generation, 6.0 million pounds per hour of steam, and
42,000 tons per hour of chilled water. Renewable fuels–wind, hydro, and
biomass–power 27 of the facilities in the portfolio. The company’s
natural gas assets include an LNG receiving terminal in Everett,
Massachusetts, which currently meets approximately 20 percent of New
England’s annual gas demand; an offshore LNG import facility off the
coast of Massachusetts; and natural gas distribution networks and
pipelines in Mexico that serve nearly 400,000 customers.
About AMEC Black & McDonald:
The AMEC Black & McDonald joint venture has served the renewable power
industry for over 10 years and provides a full range of environmental,
engineering, procurement and construction services for projects in the
Americas. Services are provided on a design-build basis or through
other contracting arrangements. More information is available at www.amecblackandmcdonald.ca
AMEC (LSE: AMEC) is a focused supplier of consultancy, engineering and
project management services to its customers in the world’s oil and
gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment and infrastructure
markets. With annual revenues of more than C$5.1 billion, AMEC designs,
delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets and employs over
27,000 people in around 40 countries worldwide. More information is
available at www.amec.com
Black & McDonald
Established in 1921, Black & McDonald Limited is a privately held
Canadian contracting company operating across Canada, the United States
and in selected global markets. The company provides a full range of
electrical, mechanical, utility, and maintenance services to
commercial, industrial, institutional, and government markets. Black &
McDonald is registered and licensed to do business in all territories
and provinces, operating out of a network of 20 offices from coast to
coast in Canada, with over 4,000 employees. More information is
available at www.blackandmcdonald.com
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world’s largest
producer of solar panels for residential, commercial, industrial, and
utility applications. With regional headquarters in China, Switzerland,
and the United States, and gigawatt-scale manufacturing worldwide,
Suntech has delivered more than 25 million photovoltaic panels to over
a thousand customers in more than eighty countries. Suntech’s
pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving
solar past grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech’s mission is to
provide everyone with reliable access to nature’s cleanest and most
abundant energy source.
For more information about Suntech’s people and products visit: http://www.suntech-power.com.
SOURCE International Power Canada, Inc.