by Stella Shepard
Aspin Kemp & Associates (AKA) is a Canadian-based company and a leader in developing innovative technologies with proven reductions of harmful emissions.
The company designs, manufactures, and supports power and propulsion assets for marine, offshore oil and gas, and land-based industries. Jason Aspin is the company CEO and co-founder.
AKA is also delivering innovative solutions to the Island’s microgrid power system.
The City of Summerside has awarded a $55 million contract for a new solar power plant to AKA that will generate employment opportunities and economic growth.
The Summerside Sunbank Project is a 21- megawatt solar farm and a 10-megawatt battery storage system. The system has 65,000 solar panels and eight tractor trailer-sized batteries.
Construction of the Sunbank kicked into high gear in April 2022 and work will be ongoing until at least December 2022. The aim is to improve the city’s energy efficiency, will allow the city to meet 62 percent of its electricity needs through renewable energy, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 21,000 tons per year.
“Local expansion of partnerships with global brand Samsung has made a huge impact,” says Denise Kromko-Sorrey, Human Resources Manager. “This project will support over 200 full-time equivalent jobs on PEI during the construction phase.
“AKA’s minority shareholder MAN Energy Solutions is pushing hard as a large corporation in the path to a Net Zero target of eliminating greenhouse gases,” says Denise.
“During the construction period, 50 to 100 people will be needed on-site,” says Denise. “Positions will include Solar Installers, Electrical Apprentices, and Journeymen. As well, there will be entry-level General Labourer positions.
“AKA is also currently hiring at our Pooles Corner location. The positions are Electrical Engineer, Control and Automation Specialist, Electrical Systems Integrators, Journeyman, and Technical Writer.
“The job descriptions list the required skills,” says Denise. “AKA is looking for applicants who are excited about green energy, have a strong work ethic, and want to learn and increase their skills.”
How to apply
“When applying, it is helpful to mention previous experience in any sort of construction, farming, mechanical assembly, industrial or commercial electrical work. In general, explain why you are interested in applying for this project.”