San Francisco, July 11, 2011 — Q-Cells North America has been issued a full notice to proceed with construction activities of a 10 MW project as final part of a combined 60 MW project in Ontario, Canada.
Q-Cells will implement this project on a turn–key basis for Starwood Energy Group Global, LLC, a private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure projects.
Investor of the project is Starwood SSM3, an affiliate of Starwood Energy Group Global and builds on the success of Starwood SSM1, a 20 MW AC project that came online in October 2010, and Starwood SSM2, a 30 MW AC project expected to be completed during Q3 2011.
The solar plant Starwood SSM3 is scheduled to be operational by the end of 2011. Q-Cells acts as prime contractor as the company already did in case of the two preceding projects and on top of that delivers operations and maintenance services post-completion. The combined 60 MW AC project, when complete, will be the second largest in North America and among the largest in the world.
Starwood SSM3, once built, will provide power for up to 4,000 Ontario homes, generating its power during the middle of the day, a time of highest demand on the local power grid. The facility will also reduce yearly carbon emissions by an amount equivalent to displacing 1,900 cars and light trucks each driving 12,000 miles per year or to planting more than eight million trees in Ontario's forests.