Toronto, ON—June 24, 2010—EDF Renewables Inc. – an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company (PARIS: EEN) today announced that construction has commenced on three solar photovoltaic projects totalling 36 MW(dc).
The Elmsley Solar Project, located near Lombardy in the Township of Rideau Lakes, comprises two 12 MW(dc) sites utilizing Suntech panels. The 12 MW(dc) St. Isidore Project is located near the town of St. Isidore in the Municipality of the Nation and will consist of First Solar panels. All three sites are being developed under the Government of Ontario’s Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP), which encourages renewable energy production to help replace coal-fired generation.
Together these projects will generate clean electricity for nearly 10,500 homes and employ approximately 350 people during the design, engineering and construction process. The projects will deliver local electricity service via connections to the Hydro One distribution grid, expected by the end of 2010.
Jon Kieran, Director of Solar Development for EDF Renewables said, “We are pleased to launch the construction phase of these valuable projects. Once again, EDF Renewables is applying its resources and expertise to help Ontario achieve renewable energy goals. These projects follow on the success of the Arnprior Solar Project in Ottawa, which went into service in 2009. When all five RESOP sites are completed we will have contributed about 60 MW(dc) of solar energy to the distribution grid. We look forward to a successful partnership with White Construction Canada Corp, our general contractor, to bring these projects to completion.”
About EDF Renewables Inc. EDF Renewables Inc. – an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, is a market leader in renewable energy development, with an integrated approach that covers every aspect of project origination and implementation through to electricity generation, operations and maintenance. EDF Renewables Inc. is actively engaged in building partnerships to develop ground-mount and rooftop solar PV opportunities under Ontario’s FIT program. The company offers financial strength, technical innovation and an unmatched commitment to customer service. EDF Renewables Inc. draws on the market leadership of enXco, EDF EN’s American affiliate. With more than 3,000 MW of renewable energy projects in service or under construction, EDF EN is at the forefront of renewable energy development. www.edf-energies-nouvelles.com