Q.Cells North America has successfully completed the final stage of construction of a 69 megawatt (MW) direct-current (DC) solar energy project in Ontario, Canada. The project was completed in partnership with a private investment firm focused on energy infrastructure projects. With the SSM3 plant now operational, Q.Cells has about 15% of the Ontario utility-scale solar market.
Q.Cells and Starwood Energy began this project in October 2010 with SSM1, a 24MW DC plant, followed by SSM2, a 34MW DC plant. With the completion of the latest 11MW DC SSM3 solar energy plant,
the Starwood project is one of the largest crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV projects in North America.
Modeled data and improvements in PV materials offer greater predictability due to more consistent standard developments in performance. As utilities prepare to make sizable investments in renewable energy generation, solar PV companies that offer a guaranteed return on investment (ROI) to their utility customers will have a clear competitive advantage.