Toronto, ON January 26, 2012: EDF Renewables, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, today confirmed that it has reached commercial operation on the second 11.8 MWp installation of the St Isidore Solar Project.
The St Isidore Solar Project consists of two solar PV installations located six kilometers apart, near the town of St Isidore in the Municipality of the Nation, Ontario. The second 11.8 MWp installation – St Isidore B, began delivering clean electricity to the Hydro One distribution grid in late December 2011. The first 11.5 MWp installation – St Isidore A, came online in December 2010. These two installations combined will deliver nearly 24 MWp under the Government of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP).
The St Isidore B site consists of 152,000 panels, which will generate solar energy to meet the peak demands of about 3,500 Ontario homes. More than 200 workers were employed locally since design, engineering and construction activities commenced in early 2010. enXco Service Canada Inc. will provide long-term operations and maintenance services.
Jon Kieran, director of solar development for EDF Renewables, said, “We are proud to extend the benefits of solar energy to the St Isidore community, both economic and environmental. This project will bring the total capacity we have developed and built in Eastern Ontario to over 70 MWp of solar energy, making EDF EN one of the top solar developers in Ontario and more generally in Canada.”
The St Isidore Solar Project joins the Elmsley Solar Project, located near Lombardy in the Township of Rideau Lakes, and the Arnprior Solar Project, located in West Carleton just east of Arnprior, as part of EDF Renewables’ solar achievements. All sites have been developed under the Government of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP).