In 2009, Enbridge Inc. invested in the 20-megawatt Sarnia Solar Project, in Sarnia Ontario, a community that Enbridge Gas Distribution proudly serves. The Sarnia Solar Project was developed, and is operated, by First Solar, a leading manufacturer or photovoltaic solar panels and solar solutions provider.

In 2010, Enbridge added an additional 60 megawatts of capacity to the Sarnia Solar Project, making it one of the largest operating photovoltaic facilities in the world.

The project now generates 80 megwatts of electricity, which is enough to meet the power needs of about 12,800 homes, and displaces the equivalent of about 39,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide each year.

At the peak of construction, the project created about 800 Sarnia-area jobs. The Sarnia area also saw additional indirect benefits to dozens businesses including engineering design firms, construction subcontractors, suppliers and service providers.

In early 2011, Enbridge acquired two new solar energy projects from First Solar, a leading manufacturer of photovoltaic solar panels. The Tilbury Solar Project, built in late 2010, and the Amherstburg II Solar Project, to be completed in late 2011, are both in Ontario and have a combined generating capacity for 20 megawatts. Together, these two initiatives can power 3,200 homes while reducing carbon dioxide by about 10,000 tonnes a year.


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