Q-Cells, ATS to partner on large solar projects
Market Leaders to deliver 10 percent of the FIT ground mounted solar projects in Ontario.
Q-Cells SE, a photovoltaic (PV) company providing solar power plants, modules and cells, and ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc., the manufacturing solutions, and through Photowatt, an integrated manufacturer and developer of solar systems, established a joint venture for the development of large scale renewable energy projects in Ontario.
ATS and Q-Cells will both contribute project development, engineering-procurement-construction and related services to the venture. The partnership will utilize domestic content modules supplied by Photowatt Ontario with Q-Cells solar cells.
ATS and Q-Cells each hold a 50 percent interest in the project development company Ontario Solar PV Fields Inc., which received conditional Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) contracts from the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) in April for seven Ontario ground mounted projects totaling 64 megawatts (MW). The projects represent approximately 10 percent of the 650 MW of ground mounted solar projects awarded throughout the province and are expected to begin construction in 2011 and beyond.
“The Ontario market is projected to be one of the dominant solar markets in North America in 2011,” said Marc van Gerven, Q-Cells’ North American CEO. “This partnership is an excellent 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."