Solar energy use has surged at about 20 percent a year over the past 15 years, thanks to rapidly falling prices and gains in efficiency.

News of energy projects geared towards sustainability are always a breath of fresh air in a world where pollution continues to wreak havoc on the environment. Now Hamiltonians can say their city is working to make a difference.

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the largest solar power companies in the world, has announced that its subsidiaries, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. and Horizon Energy Solutions Inc., have entered into an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract that will oversee a huge project involving the construction of commercial rooftop solar electricity generating facilities.

Horizon Energy Solutions is owned by Hamilton Utilities Corporation, a municipally operated multi-utility service company. The EPC agreement’s preliminary projects are set to begin in July under Ontario’s Feed-In-Tariff Program. Horizon Energy Solutions is a developer of sustainable energy projects and a provider of a suite of energy management, metering and conservation services for local distribution companies and commercial clients.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, commented, “We are pleased to be partnering with Horizon Energy Solutions, given its experience and success in developing renewable energy projects.  This latest agreement builds on the considerable momentum we have in Canada and the broader global solar energy market.  We continue to leverage Canadian Solar’s proven track record and cost effective quality solar solutions as we pursue new growth opportunities in Canada and worldwide.”

Hamilton Utilities Corporation

Solar power facts:

  • Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.
  • Currently, the technology produces less than one tenth of one percent of global energy demand.
  • The solar panel’s cells are made of semiconductor materials like those found in computer chips. When sunlight hits the cells, it knocks electrons loose from their atoms. As the electrons flow through the cell, they generate electricity.
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