By New Mexico Business Weekly

Unirac Inc., an Albuquerque-based company that makes mounting platforms for solar photovoltaic systems, has opened a subsidiary in Canada.

The company also formed a strategic partnership with Canadian Solar Solutions Inc. to provide mounting platforms for up to 30 megawatts of the Canadian companyâ¿¿s PV systems for residential, commercial rooftop and ground mounted power stations throughout Canada.

Hilti North America, an Oklahoma-based subsidiary of the Hilti Group of Germany, acquired Unirac last year. Unirac continues to operate as an independent subsidiary in Albuquerque.

The companyâ¿¿s new Unirac Canada Corp. opened for business in Mississauga, Ontario, Jan. 3, said Unirac President and CEO Doug May in a news release.

⿿While we have been manufacturing in Ontario for almost a year now, establishing this full-service subsidiary ensures Unirac⿿s ability to support Ontario customers and partners locally,⿝ May said.

The new partnership with Canadian Solar Solutions, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ), will provide Canadian customers with another option to take advantage of Ontarioâ¿¿s incentive payments for solar systems that are built and installed with local products and labor, May said.

Under the incentive program, homeowners and small business owners who develop a project smaller than 10 kilowatts with 60 percent local content can earn between 64.2 and 80.2 cents per kilowatt hour for 20 years. Projects larger than 10 kilowatts can earn between 44.3 and 71.3 cents per kilowatt hour.

⿿Ontario⿿s compelling renewable energy reimbursements are paving the way for a more sustainable future, and this partnership provides a real platform to provide Ontario customers with superior solar installations designed to perform well over the long term,⿝ May said.

The first project planned under the partnership is a 10.9-megawatt solar park in Napanee, Ontario. Canadian Solar will serve as the engineering, procurement and construction entity, and Unirac will provide the racking infrastructure.

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