The Canadian Solar manufacturing facility opened in London, Ontario on Thursday. It will employ 200 Canadians in the renewable energy sector.
This is the fourth manufacturing facility to be created by Samsung Renewable Energy Inc. under the Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA) with the Government of Ontario.
The Canadian Solar plant began operations in November, 2013. The plant produces solar PV modules and medium voltage power stations to supply Samsung's Ontario solar projects. The new facility is also a hub for solar energy research and product development.
Not only does this facility fulfill Samsung's GEIA commitment to create hundreds of manufacturing jobs at four plants, it also enables Samsung to create thousands of engineering, procurement and construction jobs at its solar projects in communities around Ontario. In total, Samsung's GEIA projects will create 9,000 renewable energy jobs across the province.
Samsung and its partners are investing $5-billion in Ontario to create the largest cluster of solar and wind power anywhere on the planet.
Under the GEIA, Samsung will develop 300 MW of solar power in Ontario, part of a total of 1,369 MW of clean, renewable energy that will contribute to Ontario's initiative to phase-out coal-fired generation by the end of 2014.
The Canadian Solar plant joins Samsung's Ontario manufacturing partners Siemens in Tillsonburg, CS Wind in Windsor, and SMA in Toronto. Together, the four manufacturing facilities now employ over 1000 Ontario manufacturing workers. Samsung will support all of its manufacturing partners' efforts to develop export markets beyond the GEIA project.