April 15, 2010
Ontario previously awarded 510 smaller contracts under its FIT program to provide 112 MW of power. In January, it also announced a $7-billion deal with Samsung C&T to own, build and operate facilities to produce 2,500 MW of wind and solar power by 2016. It expects to create at least 20,000 jobs through the program.
Construction and engineering contracts for the projects have not yet been awarded, says an Ontario government spokeswoman. Each project will have rules mandating that certain proportions of the services and manufactured products used must be procured in Ontario, but provincial officials have not yet finalized specific percentages. Ontario has a goal to eliminate coal plants by 2014 and meet 20% of provincial power needs with wind energy by 2025.