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Green Energy for Canada

Fronius’ project partner EthoSolar built a 200-kWp-AC solar PV installation on two south- facing poultry barns in Brighton, Ontario. This was one of the earliest examples of distributed architecture in Ontario, where multiple string inverters were used instead of one large central inverter. 

Fronius International GmbH operates 19 subsidiaries worldwide and offers solutions for welding technology, photovoltaics and battery charging technology. In 2007 the Austrian company established a subsidiary in Canada and has continuously expanded their welding technology and solar energy business there.

The solar industry has undergone rapid expansion in Canada over the last several years and the market is expected to remain strong, particularly in Ontario. ClearSky Advisors calculates the total cumulative solar PV installations in Ontario to reach 3,467 MW dc by 2019.

Connecting the project to the electricity grid proved to be a challenge. To connect the output ac-cables to the transformer, it was necessary to bore a 170-meter long tunnel underneath two train-lines and an express road. Twenty Fronius IG Plus V 10.0-3 Delta inverters and ac-service equipment were installed on an outside equipment wall to simplify PV system service and maintenance. The plant operator has a 20-year feed-in tariff contract with the Government of Ontario stating that all of the energy produced will be fed into the public grid.

Fronius Canada assembled and tested all of the inverters used for this project at their manufacturing facility in Mississauga, Ontario.