North American solar project developer Recurrent Energy began operation of six photovoltaic (PV) projects, providing a total of 70 MW peak (MWp)/ 52 MW AC (MWac) of renewable solar power for two communities in Ontario, Canada.
These projects are the first six of nine to reach commercial operation date in a 100 MWp/74 MWac portfolio acquired by Mitsubishi Corp. and Osaka Gas at commercial operation of each project as agreed in June 2012. The electricity generated from this portfolio will be delivered to the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) through 20-year feed-in tariff agreements.
These six projects, located near Smiths Falls and Waubaushene, Ontario, are all operational. The remaining three projects in the portfolio are expected to reach COD by early 2014.
The entire 100 MWp/74 MWac portfolio is expected to generate more than 124 million kWh during the first year of operation, enough to power about 12,300 homes in Ontario.
The development and operation of these projects has provided the communities with significant local investment and both short-term and long-term job creation. Between 2009 and 2013, Recurrent Energy created about 650 jobs during the construction phase alone.
Including this portfolio, Recurrent Energy currently has 20 projects totaling 220 MWp/159 MWac in development in Ontario. All 20 projects are expected to be operating by early 2014.