Despite an abundance of the resource, water management is a vital issue in Canada, as in New Mexico. As a result, there is significant Canadian expertise in this sector. EPCOR USA, an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of Edmonton, Alberta-based EPCOR Utilities Inc., builds, owns and operates water and wastewater treatment facilities and infrastructure in the American Southwest. EPCOR is the owner of regulated utilities providing water and wastewater services in the city of Clovis, as well as the greater Edgewood area near Albuquerque, serving more than 17,000 customers and employing 25 local residents.
To speed entry for solar panel manufacturers into the North American and international markets, the CFV Solar Test Laboratory opened in Albuquerque, New Mexico in April 2011, offering worldwide certification services from one location. CFV is a photovoltaic (PV) certification test company jointly owned by Canadian standards’ certifier CSA Group, the VDE Testing and Certification Institute, the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (ISE) and Fraunhofer USA Center for Sustainable Energy Systems (CSE).
Representing a total initial investment of $5 million, the laboratory offers complete certification and non-certification testing services for PV technologies not readily available at other test locations, including flat panel, thin film and concentrating PV (CPV) testing. The facility will help manufacturers to enter the market more rapidly and at lower cost, as the laboratory can simultaneously certify solar panels for use in multiple countries, ensuring the satifaction of unique regulatory standards for each respective country.
Consulate General of Canada
500 N. Akard Street, Suite 2900 • Dallas, TX 75201
Phone: (214) 922-9806 • Fax: (214) 922-9815
Consulate of Canada
5847 San Felipe Street, Suite 1700 • Houston, TX 77057
Phone: (713) 821-1440 • Fax: (713) 821-1611
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2011 data in U.S. dollars (US$1.00=C$0.9891). Statistics Canada: tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (5/2012 release); goods & services trade (2/2012 release). World Institute for Strategic Economic Research (WISER): Canada’s export ranking (2/2012 release). U.S. Census Bureau: trade (2/2012 release). Services trade data not available at a sub-national level. Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
* Job numbers from trade (2010 data) and Canadian-owned businesses (2009 data) are from a 2012 study commissioned by the Government of Canada