SkyPower to build solar parks in Ontario, Canada

7 March 2016 (Last Updated March 7th, 2016 18:30)

SkyPower and Sachigo Lake First Nation have collaborated to develop a multitude of utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects in Ontario, Canada.

SkyPower and Sachigo Lake First Nation have collaborated to develop a multitude of utility-scale solar photovoltaic projects in Ontario, Canada.

Partners have jointly submitted proposals for development of the solar parks after SkyPower completed the request for qualification stage under the large renewable procurement (LRP) process through the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO).

SkyPower's partnership is in line with the Ontario Ministry of Energy's mandate to involve First Nation and Métis communities in new generation and transmission projects, as well as in conservation and community energy planning initiatives.

"Our climate change strategy is the next step towards creating a more prosperous low-carbon province and a healthier future for our children and grandchildren."

Premier of Ontario Kathleen O'Day Wynne said: "Our climate change strategy is the next step towards creating a more prosperous low-carbon province and a healthier future for our children and grandchildren."

SkyPower also developed utility-scale solar energy projects in partnership with Indigenous communities including Fort William First Nation, which is one of the first utility-scale solar parks to be operational on First Nation land in North America.

This project was one of 24 power purchase agreements SkyPower secured in Ontario for a total of over 300MW.

SkyPower president and CEO Kerry Adler said: "SkyPower's clean energy partnership with Sachigo Lake First Nation will create jobs and strengthen the local economy.

"Our track record of working together in mutual respect with indigenous communities is a testament to our sustainable economic innovation."

SkyPower has built, assembled and acquired an extensive pipeline of more than 25GW worldwide to date, with 9GW recently announced in bilateral agreements, and other contract awards, to be built in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia over the next five years.