Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant
|Commission date||December 2009|
|Construction cost||$400 Million|
|Operator(s)||First Solar O&M|
|Site area||450 hectares (1,100 acres)|
|Nameplate capacity||80 MWAC|
|Annual net output||120 GWh|
|Commons||Related media on Commons|
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 450 hectares (1,100 acres) and contains about 257 ha (635 acres) of modules, which is about 1.3 million thin-film panels. At the completion of Phase II it was the largest solar power station in the world, a title it held until the 2011 opening of Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park in China. 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.
|Year(a)||Name of PV power station||Country||Capacity|
|1985||Carrisa Plain||United States||5.6|
|2005||Bavaria Solarpark (Mühlhausen)||Germany||6.3|
|2006||Erlasee Solar Park||Germany||11.4|
|2008||Olmedilla Photovoltaic Park||Spain||60|
|2010||Sarnia Photovoltaic Power Plant||Canada||97|
|2011||Huanghe Hydropower Golmud Solar Park||China||200|
|2012||Agua Caliente Solar Project||United States||290|
|2014||Topaz Solar Farm(b)||United States||550|
|2015||Longyangxia Dam Solar Park||China||850|
|2016||Tengger Desert Solar Park||China||1547|
|Also see list of photovoltaic power stations and list of noteworthy solar parks|
(a) year of final commissioning (b) capacity given in MWAC otherwise in MWDC
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- Enbridge and First Solar Agree on 60 MW Renewable Energy Expansion at Sarnia
- Sarnia Project Celebration
- pvresources Retrieved 6 September 2010
- eXenewable Project Profile Page - Sarnia, PV, Canada
- "Photovoltaic power stations - site footprints". Wiki-Solar. Retrieved 5 March 2015.
- Sarnia Becomes Largest PV Farm