SunEdison to Expand in Ontario

As we’ve notedon this blog before, the apt phrase for the renewable energy industriesis not, “If you build it, they will come,” but rather, “If yousubsidize it, they will build it.” Such is the case of Ontario, Canada,which is seeing a boom in solar energy-related activity since puttingin place a feed-in tariff (FIT) program earlier this year.

SunEdison, a large solar power services provider headquartered in Beltsville, MD, recently announced it expects to more than double its Canadian workforce in 2010.

“We are excited to be ramping up to meet theopportunities the FIT program in Ontario offers and to continue work onour established RESOP projects,” said Jason Gray, director of Canadianoperations for SunEdison. “As a solar company committed to the Ontariomarket, we will establish local supply agreements and the necessaryoperations and maintenance teams to build out our pipeline. Moreover,we will commit financial resources to local developers through projectpartnerships.”

SunEdison, which was last month formally acquired by MEMC ElectronicMaterials, Inc., is no stranger to the Ontario market: they own and operate First Light, Canada’s first solar PV energy park. Located in Stone Mills, Ontario, First Light is a 9.1-megawatt project.

UPDATE: SunEdison isn’t the only firm to join Ontario’s solar power party. See this post, which explains that Canadian Solar (a Chinese-held company) will actually make some of its products in Canada.