Canadian Solar Inc., a provider of solar cells, solar module, custom-designed solar application products and turnkey solutions for the residential and commercial solar markets, has commenced the site selection and approvals process to establish a 200 MW module manufacturing facility in Ontario.
Canadian Solar says the new facility is expected to result in 500 new direct manufacturing jobs in Ontario and sufficient capacity to supply electricity to 60,000 homes per year. The estimated cost of the plant will be C$24 million, and once completed, it will be one of the largest solar panel manufacturing facilities in North America, according to the company.
Canadian Solar expects to make definite decisions about the plant site, cost and ultimate size in the first quarter of 2010. The plant will be completed in stages, with the first phase of operations expected to commence in 2010.
SOURCE: Canadian Solar