Canadian Solar has completed installation of the first diesel hybrid PV system for the Deer Lake First Nation Elementary School in northern Ontario, Canada.

Completed by Canadian Solar with its supplier partners, the 152kW rooftop solar array installation is said to be the company’s first project under the strategic partnership with NCC Development, a First Nation renewable energy management company.

The installation was carried out in a bid to use renewable energy (RE) microgrid solutions to assist the energy needs of off-grid First Nations as well as remote communities.

NCC Development chief executive officer Geordi Kakepetum said the company will continue to build strategic collaborative efforts with companies in the solar and renewable energy industry to build sustainable development of indigenous communities in Canada.

"As North America’s largest producer of solar power solutions, Canadian Solar’s industry leading experience and expertise will greatly contribute to our efforts," Kakepetum added.

Canadian Solar chairman and chief executive officer Dr Shawn Qu said, "Solar is a green, flexible, low-cost, and sustainable energy solution for these underserved First Nations and other rural areas."