Canadian Premium Sand is set to buy land for its solar glass manufacturing facility.

It has entered an agreement with the with the City of Selkirk for the acquisition of 121 acres of land located northwest of the intersection of Manitoba Highways 4 and 9A.

The company said the site offers benefits to its business model including:

Proximity to a 115kV power line located less than 2km from the Site, enabling access to renewable hydro-electric energy from Manitoba Hydro;

Pipeline access to the City of Selkirk’s wastewater plant, enabling the use of recycled water required for plant operations;

Proximity to natural gas distribution infrastructure that is adjacent to the site’s south boundary, enabling pipeline access;

Access to a Class 1 rail line located on the site’s south boundary, enabling a low-cost rail spur connection;

Access to Winnipeg’s logistics hub, enabling inbound and outbound deliveries with both rail and truck options;

Availability of a diverse and experienced labour pool to support up to 600 construction jobs and 300 manufacturing jobs for the first phase of the Facility; and

Future growth opportunities with sufficient land to accommodate up to four phases of capacity expansion.

“This is a key milestone in our development of North America’s first vertically integrated, patterned solar glass manufacturing facility,” said Glenn Leroux, President and CEO of CPS.

The company had previously initiated an engineering study with into the site.