Enbridge Inc. and First Solar Inc. have entered into an agreement to expand the Sarnia solar project, located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, from 20 MW of capacity to 80 MW, with a total system cost of approximately C$300 million for the expansion.
Enbridge and First Solar announced in October an agreement for Enbridge to acquire the initial 20 MW solar energy project that First Solar developed at the Sarnia site. This project achieved full commercial operation on Dec. 7.
Subject to the satisfaction of certain conditions precedent, First Solar will construct the solar project for Enbridge under a fixed price engineering, procurement and construction contract, utilizing its thin-film photovoltaic technology. The 60 MW phase of the project is expected to begin construction this month and be completed by December 2010. At 80 MW, Enbridge expects the Sarnia Solar Project will generate enough power to meet the needs of over 12,800 homes.