OptiSolar to solar electrify Sarnia, Ontario Canada
OptiSolar granted approval to build a 40MW (Megawatt) solar farm in
The 40MW Sarnia solar farm is slated to occupy almost 365 hectares (about 902 acres) and will be constructed by OptiSolar, Inc. subsidiary OptiSolar Farms Canada Inc. in four (4) 10MW phases.
The Ontario Power Authority (OPA) has agreed to purchase power from OptiSolar Farms Canada at 42 Canadian cents (convert to USD) per kWh (kilowatt-hour) for 20 years as part of their Renewable Energy Standard Offer Program (RESOP) for Solar PV Energy. The
Per the Toronto Star, Peter Carrie of OptiSolar Farms would not disclose the cost of the OptiSolar showcase project, although he claimed a 10MW scale photovoltaic installation costs about $70 to 80 million Canadian today. OptiSolar Farms has purchased the required real estate and expects to begin construction in 2008 leveraging local contractors. All four phases should be installed and operational by 2010.
OptiSolar has not yet announced thin film amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar module or solar panel products. So how did OptiSolar land this deal without launching a product? Perhaps there wasn’t much competition for the award? I was unaware of this generous
It appears the expanded OptiSolar Hayward, California USA facility is sufficient for up to 100MW of annual manufacturing capacity using the ErSol Thin Film module production plant as a rough benchmark. But, as I learned at the Intersolar 2006 PV Industry Forum, glass is a major material cost for thin film module production. SCHOTT Solar is building their 30MW thin film amorphous silicon (a-Si) solar module facility near one of their glass factories in
While OptiSolar appears to have plans that span the PV value chain targeting large scale photovoltaic power plants, Peter Carrie said:
…the goal in
This leaves OptiSolar’s business model unclear. Is full vertical integration their end goal or are they proving their prowess as a solar solution systems provider?