GDF Suez, announced last week the start of construction of a solar project in Ontario, Canada, through its 100% International Power.

The project in Brockville with installed capacity of 10 MW will be enough to serve nearly 1,700 homes. A power purchase contract of 20 years was signed with the Power Authority of Ontario for the duration of production.

The project, valued at $CAD 50 million must be developed under the grant program for renewable energy in Ontario (feed-in tariff) and should be operational by early 2013. The photovoltaic modules will be supplied by Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar modules.

In addition, the Group says it has completed its first major solar project in the United States, a 2 MW facility on the site of its Northfield Mountain hydroelectric pumping station in Massachusetts. The plant has begun producing electricity for the regional network in late March, it is one of the largest solar installations in New England, with over 18,000 solar panels.

In North America, the Group currently operates 27 power plants fueled by renewable solar, wind, biomass and hydropower, with a total capacity of 667 MW at 30 June 2012. Two pumping stations hydroelectric bring additional capacity of 1124 MW in this portfolio of green energy.

Solar energy currently accounts for 1% of the total power generation capacity of GDF Suez. In 2011, GDF Suez has commissioned nearly 38 MW of solar PV in France: the centrals in Bollène (4 MW) and Beaucaire-Tarascon (3 MW) developed by CN’Air, and the three facilities in Curbans (totaling 26 MW), and Porette de Neronepark parke (3.8 MW) in Corsica.

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