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Napanee area public school students visit First Light Solar Park to kick off Earth Week

Wednesday, April 7th 2010 12:21:21pm

Media Advisory

Napanee area public school students visit First Light Solar Park to kick off Earth Week

TORONTO, ON -  Renewable energy developers SunEdison and SkyPower Limited will demonstrate the benefits of solar energy to local public school students at the award winning First Light solar park in Stone Mills, Ontario, on April 15.

Grade 7 and 8 students from two Napanee area schools will visit the First Light I Solar Park - Canada's first fully-operational, utility-scale solar park. The students will visit a week before Earth Day to learn about how photovoltaic (PV) solar power works and how harvesting solar power will help protect the environment. They will be participating in a walking tour of the solar park, including demonstrations of the weather station and how solar energy is converted into electricity. They will also be able to examine a real, de-energized solar panel.

First Light Solar Park, a joint venture project between SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials (NYSE: WFR), and SkyPower Limited was awarded the "Solar PV Project of the Year for Ground Mount" by the Canadian Solar Industry Association (CanSIA) in 2009. The site covers 90 acres of land and is expected to generate more than 10 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity in its first year of operation, enough electricity to power approximately 1,000 homes for one year..


Grade 7 and 8 students from:

Newburgh Public School
Selby Public School


April 15, 2010 (weather dependent)


Newburgh Public School
10:30 am - 11:30 am

Selby Public School
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


First Light Solar Park
778 Goodyear Road, Stone Mills, Ontario
K7R 3L2


From highway 401, take Napanee exit 579, county road 41 (Centre Street).  Go north on 41 for approximately 2 km to Goodyear Rd.  Make a right onto Goodyear Road and continue for approximately 3 km (just past the Goodyear plant).  

For more information about SunEdison, please contact:

Don Huff at or call 416-972-7401 (office) or 416-805-7720 (on-site)

For more information about SkyPower Limited, please contact:

Scott Brownrigg at or call 416-644-4927(office) or 416-277-8847 (on-site)



SunEdison is North America's largest solar energy services provider. The company finances, installs and operates distributed power plants using proven photovoltaic technologies, delivering fully managed solar energy services for its commercial, government and utility customers. For more information about SunEdison, please visit

About SkyPower Limited

SkyPower Limited is Canada's largest developer of solar energy projects. The company has an extensive pipeline of projects at various stages of development representing hundreds of megawatts of potential nameplate capacity across North America. SkyPower prospects, develops, manages, finances, owns and operates solar energy projects from initial discovery stages through to commercial operation.  SkyPower helps many jurisdictions meet their increasing demand for cleaner, non-emitting renewable energy solutions. For more information about SkyPower, please visit

About MEMC

MEMC is a global leader in the manufacture and sale of wafers and related intermediate products to the semiconductor and solar industries. MEMC has been a pioneer in the design and development of silicon wafer technologies for 50 years. With R&D and manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, MEMC enables the next generation of high-performance semiconductor devices and solar cells. Through its SunEdison division, MEMC is also a developer of solar power projects and North America's largest solar energy services provider. MEMC's common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "WFR" and is included in the S&P 500 Index. For more information about MEMC, please visit