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Alberta — Canadian Premium Sand says it has chosen the City of Selkirk, Manitoba as the preferred location for its solar glass manufacturing facility.

The company added that it made the decision following an extensive evaluation of possible options in Canada and the United States. That Selkirk provides logistical, operational efficiency and environmental advantages over alternatives and meets the following key selection criteria:

The Company’s manufacturing facility will produce high specification patterned solar glass utilizing a rolled manufacturing process and will provide approximately 300 direct employment opportunities once in operation. CPS’s products will predominately be used in the manufacture of solar panels in North America — a rapidly expanding industry driven by an objective to decarbonize the electrical grid with solar power’s proportional contribution increasing from 5% today to as much as 40% by 2035.

“It is difficult to imagine a better location than the City of Selkirk and the Province of Manitoba for our solar glass manufacturing facility based on the criteria we set. Collaborating with the City of Selkirk has been extremely positive, highly professional and I commend their drive to realize their community’s vision for sustainable economic development,” stated Glenn Leroux, President and CEO of CPS.

Currently, there are no facilities in North America that produce this type of glass. All solar panels manufactured in North America using patterned solar glass are made with glass imported from China and other Asia Pacific countries. Locating a solar glass manufacturing facility in Selkirk will add significantly to the sustainability and supply chain security for CPS’s solar panel manufacturing clients. Additionally, CPS believes its glass manufacturing facility will be the anchor industry for an expanding centre of excellence, enabling other complementary businesses to locate in Manitoba.

“We are very pleased CPS has selected Selkirk to build and operate its solar glass facility,” explains Tim Feduniw, the Director of Sustainable Economic Development at the City of Selkirk. “This initiative aligns with our commitment to sustainable development and will create significant economic benefits for our community. The City of Selkirk is committed to working with CPS in securing a suitable site within urban limits that supports and enables the successful launch of this initiative.”

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has 8+ years of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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