Ontario solar energy project switches on

The 10 MW Beckwith solar power project in Ontario entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority

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The 10 MW Beckwith solar power project in Ontario entered commercial operation under a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA).

The project was developed by GDF SUEZ Canada Inc. under Ontario's feed-in tariff (FIT) Program, and has the capacity to generate renewable energy for about 1,700 homes in Ontario. The $50 million project is located about 30 miles from Ottawa, and consists of 44,000 solar panels on about 80 acres of land.

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With the addition of the Beckwith Solar Project, GDF SUEZ Canada and partners Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Fiera Axium Infrastructure currently operate 680 MW of wind- and solar-powered generation facilities in the Canadian Maritimes, Ontario, and British Columbia. Beckwith is the joint venture's twelfth renewable energy installation in Canada.

The lead contractor responsible for engineering, construction, and performance of the project was a joint venture of AMEC and Black & McDonald. The construction team consisted primarily of laborers and electricians from Ontario.

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