Canadian Premium Sand (CPS), a mineral exploration company that offers white silica sand proppant products to the oil and gas industries, announced that it will purchase land in Selkirk, Manitoba, to build a patterned solar glass manufacturing facility.

The move comes as demand for solar glass in North America is expected to accelerate thanks to the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, says Glenn Leroux, president and CEO of CPS.

“With the recent passing of the Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S., the demand growth for solar glass is expected to accelerate rapidly and we have already seen expansion announcements from large solar panel manufacturers,” says Leroux. “As we continue to advance conversations with customers, we are well positioned with a first-mover advantage to cement CPS as the supplier of choice in North America.”

The facility will sit on more than 121 acres of land.

Additionally, CPS has agreed to sell patterned solar glass to Heliene, a Minnesota-based provider of North American-made solar modules. The move will allow Heliene to meet growing solar demands. According to Heliene, it is focused on establishing a domestic, low-carbon solar supply chain to support growth in the North American market.

“Amid exploding solar demand and trade volatility, our customers seek the peace of mind that they are receiving the highest quality, competitively priced solar modules exactly when and where they need them,” says Martin Pochtaruk, president of Heliene. “Having CPS supply us with a low-carbon glass, free of any geopolitical pressures, is an enormous leap forward in the right direction.”