• Another Win for Solar Power Grid Tie in Canada


    Carmanah solar panelsCarmanah Technologies Corporation (TSX: CMH) (Pink Sheets: CMHXF) has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $1.8 million (CAD) to provide solar power grid-tied PV systems for two elementary schools in Southern Ontario. Architects and planners for both schools considered the integration of a solar PV system early in the building’s design process. This, in combination with the School District’s continued support of sustainable energy and available funding through the Renewable Energy Funding for schools program, contributed to the District’s decision to adopt the two solar PV systems. Carmanah was awarded both contracts based on the Canadian technology company’s successful history in the solar PV industry. This year, Carmanah celebrates its 10-year anniversary in the Canadian solar grid-tie industry.  Solar power grid tie systems are just one of the many products Carmanah are know for.

    “we are encouraged by the direction school districts are taking with regards to sustainable energy saving initiatives, such as the investment in a solar grid-tie system.”

    As part of the Ministry of Education’s Energy Management and Conservation Initiative through the Renewable Energy Funding for schools program, the School Board will construct two facilities in Grimsby, Ontario. While offering immediate benefits such as reducing energy consumption, each integrated solar power system will generate revenue for the district through the Ontario Power Authority Feed-In-Tariff Program. .

    Each school will be outfitted with a 100 kW rooftop system, consisting of more than 500 solar modules as well as a web-enabled data monitoring system where the collected information will be accessible for educational purposes. The grid-tie PV structure will be incorporated into the sloped infrastructure of the building with the arrays large enough to be seen from ground level. Once installed, the new system will showcase the School District’s movement towards alternative energy solutions.

  • Canada: Ottawa facility to manufacture solar inverters for Emerson


    solar panelsSanmina-SCI (NASDAQ:SANM)’s Ottawa plant has won a deal to produce solar power inverters for Missouri firm Emerson, as part of the latter’s bid to get in on Ontario’s renewable energy projects.

    The deal will see Sanmina-SCI – which employs roughly 500 people in Ottawa – building grid-tie inverters to convert direct-current power from photovoltaic arrays into alternating-current power that can be placed directly on the electric grid. The inverters will be used by utilities and large-scale commercial uses, Emerson said.

    Emerson added the partnership would help it to comply with Ontario’s requirement that technologies used in renewable energy projects be built within the province.

    “Emerson’s market leadership in the solar energy industry, combined with our proven expertise in producing complex, large-scale industrial products, will help meet the rapidly growing needs of Ontario’s feed-in-tariff alternative energy program,” said Tom Clawson, executive vice-president of Sanmina-SCI’s Industrial Markets division, in a statement.

    Production of the inverters will begin this year, the companies said, noting that the inverters may also be used for solar energy projects throughout the rest of North and South America.

    Terms of the deal were not disclosed.