Solar power has arrived on Greater Sudbury's doorstep.Toronto-based company Grasshopper Solar broke ground Thursday at a residential home in Copper Cliff. The house was Grasshopper's first ground-mounted solar system in the area.

"This system in particular is 3 1/2 kilowatts. It's going to generate approximately five kilowatt-hours per year, which is enough to cover about half of an average Canadian home's power," said Mike Gow, Vice-President of Business Development.

The project will not be its last in Northern Ontario. The company is looking to hire 10 people in Sudbury alone, said Gow. The city was a good choice for expansion because it has direct access to Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, he said.