Last week, First Solar Inc. and Enbridge Inc. announced an agreement to expand the Sarnia Solar Project in Canada from its current generation capacity of 20 megawatts to 80 megawatts (MW), costing about CDN $300 million.
When the Sarnia Solar Project will be ready (in the second half of next year), it would generate enough power to meet the needs of over 12,800 homes and will help save the equivalent of 39,000 tons of CO2 from being emitted annually through traditional means of power generation.
The Sarnia Solar Project will cover a huge surface, approximately 240 acres of land, consisting of 1.3 million thin film solar panels. According to the researchers, the annual power generation is expected to be about 120 million KWh.
Due to this investment that is added to its portfolio, the Enbridge company will have interests in more than 470 megawatts of green power capacity from four waste heat recovery facilities, five wind power projects, other projects and the world’s first commercial application of hybrid fuel cell technology.