The Micro-Grid Testing Centre is mandated to provide shareable services for utilities, universities and colleges, communities, and companies that develop micro-grid solutions.
Canadian Solar chairman and chief executive officer Shawn Qu says, “We thank the Ontario Ministry of Energy for sharing our vision and our effort in making Ontario the centre of renewable energy technology in North America. As of today, Canadian Solar has built up altogether approximately 500 MW of annual module capacity in Ontario, the largest module manufacturer in North America, creating over 700 direct jobs in less than four years. Meanwhile, we have created over thousands of indirect local jobs. The Canadian Solar Micro-Grid Testing Centre will serve as our newest addition to our Total Solutions strategy, and will help further strengthen our position in the emerging multi-billion dollar micro-grid and smart grid sector.”
Liz Sandals, Ontario Minster of Education believes investing in center through the Smart Grid Fund “supports our vision for developing leading-edge smart-grid projects that help create Ontario jobs and make Ontario a North American leader in emerging energy technologies.”
Ontario Minister of Energy Bob Chiarelli adds: “Building a smarter grid has long been a key part of our government’s plan to modernize our energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers. Projects supported through the Ontario’s Smart Grid Fund support the vision that will bring to market the next generation of smart grid solutions,”
The Testing Centre will play a role in the smart micro-grid application process—Ontario Hydro requires all solutions to be lab tested before being testing in the field and then implemented into the micro-grid—and will benefit First Nations, remote communities, and mining projects in Northern Ontario.