Power company Hydro-Quebec will build two solar parks with a combined capacity of 10 MW, the state-owned utility has told pv magazine.

The two installations, the French-speaking province’s first ground-mounted megawatt-sized solar plants, are intended to enable the utility to test PV technology “at the region’s latitude”.

The solar parks will have capacities of 7.5 MW and 2.5 MW and will deploy 36,000 solar modules, with the utility to invest around CA$30 million ($34.1 million). “Construction will start next summer and the project should be producing by August 2020,” the company said. “The goal is to put solar production to the test under our latitude, with significant amounts of snow falling and much shorter days during winter.”

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