Samsung Renewable Energy has forged a partnership with Canadian Solar to unveil a new manufacturing facility in London, Ontario, a move that will create 200 new jobs.

The production plant will manufacture solar PV Modules and Medium Voltage Power Stations, which will be supplied to the company’s solar projects in the region, including the 100MW Grand Renewable Energy Park in Haldimand County, the 100MW Sol-Luce Kingston Solar PV project in Kingston and Loyalist Township, and future solar projects within the Green Energy Investment Agreement (GEIA).

According to the company, the plant will also act as a hub for Canadian Solar to conduct research and product development associated with solar energy generation.

Commenting on the partnership, Canadian Solar chairman and chief executive officer Shawn Qu said the partnership with Samsung Renewable Energy highlights the company’s growing downstream solar power solutions business.

"We are leveraging the scale afforded by our global leadership position, our experience and extensive resources to ultimately benefit Ontario economically through significant job creation and to provide a much needed sustainable, renewable source of energy," added Qu.

Meanwhile, Samsung, along with its partners, is set to develop 300MW of clean, renewable solar power in Ontario, as part of a commitment to invest $5bn in the development of 1,369MW of renewable energy.