Canadian Solar opens solar power, microgrid testing center

Canadian Solar Inc. opened the Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre, which will focus on microgrid solution testing, and system solution design and smart grid assessment services.

The Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Centre, partially funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, will be located in Guelph, Ontario. The Testing Centre has a team of highly qualified professionals, who will facilitate the development of both off-grid and grid-tied microgrid projects.

The Microgrid Testing Centre will work with its collaborators to provide shareable services for utilities, universities and colleges, communities, and companies that engage in the development of microgrid solutions.

Canadian Solar has built up altogether about 500 MW of annual module capacity in Ontario, the largest module manufacturer in North America, creating over 700 direct jobs in less than four years.

The new microgrid solution will give Ontario a strong competitive advantage in that segment of the smart grid industry that focuses on testing, develop and integrating high penetration renewable energy solutions into existing microgrid off-grid infrastructure.

In addition, the Testing Centre will serve an essential need in the smart microgrid application process, as Ontario Hydro requires all solutions to be lab tested before being testing in the field and then implemented into the microgrid.

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