Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant
|Commission date||December 2009|
|Construction cost||$400 Million|
|Operator(s)||First Solar O&M|
|Site area||1,100 acres (450 ha)|
|Nameplate capacity||97 MW|
|Annual generation||120 GWh|
Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant near Sarnia, Ontario in Canada, in September 2010 was the world's largest photovoltaic plant with an installed capacity of 97 MWp. It has since been surpassed by the Agua Caliente Solar Project, with its 247 megawatts [MW] (331,200 hp) installed capacity.
In 2009, Ontario introduced a Feed-in tariff renewable energy payments program paying up to CDN 44.3 cents per kW·h for large ground arrays such as the Sarnia plant. This makes Ontario's one of the top feed in tariff programs in the world.
First Solar developed, engineered, and constructed the facility, and it will operate the Sarnia Solar Project for Enbridge under a long-term contract. Enbridge will sell the power output of the facility to the Ontario Power Authority pursuant to 20-year power purchase agreements under the terms of the Ontario government's Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program.
The plant covers 1,100 acres (445.2 ha) and contains about 635 acres (96.6 ha) of modules, which is about 1.3 million thin-film panels. The expected annual energy yield is about 120,000 MW·h, which if produced in a coal-fired plant, would require emission of 39,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.
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