By Gary Thomas
Ameresco Canada, a renewable energy and energy management solution provider, has been selected as a construction partner by Lakeview Solar Farm and its affiliate, Mariposa Solar Farm, for a 44-MW Ontario solar feed-in-tariff (FIT) project portfolio to be proposed for re-application under the FIT 2 regime.
Ameresco's competitive pricing, expertise in the solar industry, and proven track record are the reasons behind its selection. Lakeview and Mariposa are proven developers who work with landowners, municipal officials, and community groups such as First Nations to optimized the success and benefits of their utility-scale, renewable energy projects. Their management team has vast knowledge in energy project development and a significant track record of project funding success.
Lakeview's President, David Tanko stated that Ameresco is an ideal construction partner for the $150 million portfolio of solar power projects, all are situated in central Ontario nearby good transmission connections. These projects can generate income for aboriginal and co-operative investors, tax revenue for the municipality, and create new jobs.
Mariposa's Director, Mark Bell stated that Lakeview and Mariposa will leverage Ameresco's experience in constructing and installing solar photovoltaic projects in the Ontario region under the OPA's FIT program, and the Ameresco Canada project conclusion support must provide assurance to equity and debt providers interested in financing this project portfolio.
Ameresco Canada’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Anthony DaSilva stated that the company is happy to get the chance to engineer, purchase and construct projects of this scale. Once the projects are commenced, the company anticipates a positive financial effect from these installations on their communities, while encouraging environmental stewardship.