HALDIMAND — Samsung, Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure and Six Nations of the Grand River today announced the completion of construction of the 100 megawatt Grand Renewable Solar Project, the largest operating solar energy project of its kind in Canada and one of the largest in North America. Construction of the project began in September 2013 and was completed on schedule by a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc.
“This day represents a historic day achieved only after investing four years of hard work with our partners Samsung and Connor, Clark and Lunn”, said Ava Hill, Chief of Six Nations Elected Council. “During this time, we have gotten to know each other by spending time learning about our unique cultures and leveraging these insights to achieve a mutually beneficial partnership that adds value to our collective environment. What we have achieved is a template for many more green energy projects in the Haldimand Tract. The fact that the Grand Renewable solar project provides green energy for our coming generations is a significant accomplishment for all of us to celebrate.
“Samsung and our partners are proud to complete this fourth project under our Green Energy Investment Agreement with the government of Ontario,” said Shin Kim, CEO of Samsung C&T. “This project is now producing one hundred megawatts of clean energy, and has created hundreds of high- skilled jobs and millions of dollars in community investment, all of which are benefiting real people in Haldimand and across the province.”
“We are delighted to have completed construction of this significant project”, added Matt O’Brien, President of Ontario-based Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure. “I’d like to extend my thanks to our investment partners, Samsung and Six Nations, our construction partner, Canadian Solar, and our development partner, CarbonFree Technology, for their leadership and support in achieving this important milestone. Connor, Clark & Lunn Infrastructure is proud to be one of the largest owners of solar assets in Canada.”
The Grand Renewable Solar project will assist Ontario in reducing its dependence on fossil fuel energy as it will produce enough clean energy to meet the needs of over 17,000 households. Compared to coal-fired energy generation, each year the GRS project will offset approximately 162,000 tonnes of CO2, the equivalent of taking 29,610 cars off the roads.