Q-Cells and ATS have set up a joint venture to develop large-scale renewable energy projects in Ontario, Canada.

Q-Cells North American chief executive officer Marc van Gerven said Ontario could be one of the dominant solar markets in North America in 2011.

“This partnership is an excellent two fit with our internationalization strategy by bringing together the global solar expertise of Q-Cells with leading local partners in the industry such as ATS,” Gerven said.

The partners will jointly contribute to project development, engineering-procurement-construction (EPC) and related services, and will use domestic Photowatt content modules.

Ontario Solar PV Fields received a conditional feed-in-tariff (FIT) contract for seven projects of 64MW from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in April 2010.

The seven projects represent 10% of the 650MW solar projects awarded to Ontario and construction is expected to begin in 2011.

ATS and Q-Cells each hold a 50% interest in the company.