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This magazine showcases the difference Canadian Solar

makes to its customers, its employees, the environment

and all those whose lives are touched by our brand.

I believe the stories featured here make for interesting

reading whether one is part of the solar industry or

not. This is because they illustrate the power of solar to

change lives and the planet we call home for the better.

I hope you enjoy reading this magazine as much as

we have enjoyed being part of the stories behind it.

If you have an insight or interesting story to add, I’d

be grateful if you’d share it with me.


Dr. Shawn Qu.

Founder and CEO, Canadian Solar







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About Canadian Solar 52

Product Range 54

Locations & Contact Details 58


Orcas enjoy a sunset cruise off the solar powered OrcaLab Whale Research Centre at Alert Bay, British Columbia.


ALERT BAY, CANADA 3.04 kWh per m 2 per day




Canadian Solar now powers the world-renowned OrcaLab

Whale Research Center, situated on a remote island near

Alert Bay off the British Columbia coast in Canada.

“Thanks to fantastic donations of solar panels and hardware from

Canadian Solar Industries (CSI), OrcaLab has a new and vastly

improved solar energy capacity,” said Dr. Paul Spong, the whale

expert and researcher who founded the facility in 1970. “Almost

unbelievably… we are now virtually free from the need to run a

generator for hours every day to keep our systems running. Life

has changed at OrcaLab, and for the better,” he said.

OrcaLab‘s work centers on research and conservation issues –

preservation of orca habitat; release and rehabilitation of captive

cetaceans, and bringing commercial whaling to an end. Its

operations are centered on the philosophy that it’s possible to

study the wild without interfering with lives or habitat. To this end

a network of hydrophones (underwater microphones) and cameras

positioned around the orcas‘ core-habitat, helps monitor their

movements year-round. The newly donated solar system allows

the off-grid OrcaLab to power its monitoring system with solar

energy, while cutting generator use and fuel costs dramatically.

Further, it increases battery performance, expands the range

of hydrophones and cameras, as well as improves amenities for

summer volunteers.

An added advantage of the solar system is that is requires minimal

maintenance when compared to generators and lasts for

decades. In addition to its primary functions, the solar solution

on the island will help reduce carbon emissions from the generators

by 1.5 to 2 tons per year. “We are honored to be involved in the

ground-breaking OrcaLab foundation‘s research,” said Shawn Qu,

chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “And we are proud to be

able to help advance the team‘s ambitious work through this latest

exciting application of solar energy,” he said. “As an industry

leader, Canadian Solar strives to also lead in philanthropic efforts

with organizations around the world, and this is why we are

delighted to support OrcaLab,” added Qu.





When it comes to improving the environment

solar can offer a lot more than clean energy.

Solar farms have also been shown to offer protection

to rare species of birds, animals,

plants and to foster biodiversity.

This was highlighted by the recent, and perhaps misinformed,

decision by the UK Department of Environment,

Food and Rural Affairs to cut subsidies to farmers with

PV installations on agricultural land. According to PV

Magazine, this blatant undermining of solar’s growth

has been labeled “damaging and incorrect” by the Solar

Trade Association (STA), which announced that it

would write to department arguing that the matter need

not be an either/or scenario.

Solar module


The government‘s own planning guidance makes

clear that farming practices should continue on solar

farms on Greenfield land,” said the STA’s head of

external affairs, Leonie Greene. “The industry has been

very careful to define good practice to ensure continued

agricultural production. It is damaging and incorrect

to suggest that solar farms are in conflict with food

production. The land is still available for farming and

solar fixings only take up 5% of the land,” she said.

As Leonie Greene points out, most solar farm panels

are set on posts and, typically, only about 5% of the

ground beneath them is disturbed. This means 95%

of any field used for a solar farm remains available for

crops, grazing, or for whatever wildlife and wild plants

are endemic to the area. Importantly, after installation,

the ground remains relatively undisturbed because

there is little human activity apart from occasional


Solar farms have an important role to play in conserving

our countryside. Not only can solar power save huge

amounts of greenhouse gases, but solar farms can

provide protected spaces for boosting biodiversity,

such as wildflowers and bees, as well as providing greater

income stability for farmers who face increasing

weather risks due to climate change,” she concluded.

“Panels like the Canadian Solar CS6P-P have a lifespan

of 25 years, or more, which means wildlife has the

chance to properly establish itself over the long term,”

said Dr. Shawn Qu of Canadian Solar. As an added

bonus, many species benefit from the diversity of light

and shade that the solar arrays provide. And solar

farms also offer enormous potential for honeybees,

as the wildflowers that grow between the arrays are a

great source of nectar.



Solar parks and agriculture are complementary.

“Bee populations around the world

are under pressure and, since

humanity is dependent on them to

pollinate a wide variety of crops,

any measure that increases their

numbers can only be a good thing,”

said Dr. Qu.

The benefits don’t end there because farmers can get

a lot more than energy off a solar farm. Bees make

honey. And the land can also be used to feed sheep or

goats, which keep the fauna cropped, which creates

better conditions for wild flower growth, which is great

for the bees… a virtuous circle.

Person Country Solar Park in North Carolina, USA, is

a good example. Canadian Solar and partner Carolina

Solar Energy completed construction of a 650 kW solar

farm on the site of the Person County Business and

Industrial Center. The system uses 3,420 high efficiency

Canadian Solar 190 W crystalline PV modules and

generates approximately 837,000 kilowatt-hours each


“Instead of using a metal racking system, we use wood,”

said construction engineer Eric. “So, as far as the

goats are concerned, the arrays are very like trees.

They provide good shade, absorb sunlight and convert

it to energy without creating CO 2

or other greenhouse

gas emission. Every solar farm is potentially a unique

eco-system that benefits the natural world of which we

are all a part”.






Nobody knows the importance of combining design

innovation, quality and value quite like IKEA.

Which is why it chose Canadian Solar for its lighting

and power requirements at selected stores

in Australia. IKEA opted for Canadian Solar‘s tried

and tested CS6P-P module to help realise its

commitment to sustainable energy because, in

addition to offering competitive quality and

pricing, the products are backed by a 25-year warranty.

IKEA now powers 7 of its Australian stores with Canadian Solar panels.



“Using what would otherwise be dead space on our rooftops

to reduce power costs and simultaneously reduce our carbon

footprint was an easy decision to make,” said Richard Wilson,

sustainability manager for IKEA Australia.

The rooftop installations comprise 12,122 Canadian Solar PV

modules. And the 3.6 MW project will span seven IKEA sites located

in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. Together, the sites

will generate enough clean energy (around 4,658 MWh) to offset

approximately 4,700 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. The

panels are also grid connected so that any excess energy can be

fed back into the National Electricity Market (NEM) for use where

it is needed.

This is Canadian Solar’s largest commercial PV project roll-out to

date and emphasizes our unique ability to provide customers with

turn-key solutions that reduce the complexities and costs of solar

system installation. We have extensive experience with largescale

rooftop installations across the globe, as well as capabilities

in obtaining the required permits and providing cost-effective

engineering, procurement and construction. Our capabilities also

extend to operation & maintenance services. It was the above

combination that contributed to IKEA choosing us as their PV partner.

Richard Wilson of IKEA adds, “An installation of this size is a

considerable undertaking and it was important to ensure that

we had efficient, reliable, high quality product together with

a competitive offer, expert knowledge and experience.”

The project is an important step in our long-term approach to

sustainability. Globally our ambition is to switch to renewable

energy and become energy independent by 2020 as laid out in

IKEA‘s global sustainability report. We’re well on the way.”

When one considers that Ikea has 349 stores across 43 countries,

potential savings and benefits to the environment will be

significant as more stores adopt solar energy. “It‘s encouraging

that more and more of the world‘s leading brands are turning

to Canadian Solar to meet their renewable energy needs,” said

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian

Solar Inc. “Hopefully this will encourage other large originations

to follow suit. The potential implications for the environment are

enormous,” he added.





More and more participants in the Burning Man arts festival held

in the Nevada Desert every year are turning to solar energy

to meet their energy needs. And this has resulted in a major spinoff

for the local communities in nearby towns. Panels are often

donated to them once the festival is over.



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First it was solar powered cars. Now it's solar powered race tracks.




Racing solar powered vehicles is an activity that is

gaining popularity around the world.

And now a racetrack in Germany is following this

lead by powering its facilities

with a high-performance PV installation.


OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY 3.44 kWh per m 2 per day

Well accustomed to testing automotive technology to

its limits, the owners of the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

were no less demanding when it came to choosing

the right solar technology for their needs.

The Motorsport Arena installed a 500 kW Canadian

Solar system in 2012 and it has delivered impressive

results ever since. “It covers a significant part of the

circuit’s annual electricity consumption,” said Voss.

They lined up several competitive offerings and put

them through their paces. The track owners compared

durability, performance and design and carefully considered

the various advantages and disadvantages of

each system. After this intensive selection process, one

brand emerged the clear winner.

“We decided on PV modules

from Canadian Solar,

becauase an especially robust

solution was important to us,”

said Thomas Voss, Managing Director

of Motorsport Arena.

“And since motor racing is not traditionally considered

the most environmentally friendly of sports, it’s great

that we’ve been able to offset this to some extent,” he

added. The PV installation compromises 2,000 solar

modules covering an area of ​around 3,000 square meters

on the facility’s roof. “Besides the positive effects for the

environment, the solid construction PV panel mounting

system has considerably strengthened the pit roof,”

concluded Voss.

This project once again demonstrates the versatility

of Canadian Solar’s CS6P-P module, which is employed

on a huge variety of installations around the world.

The sophisticated design and first-class production

technology, backed by a 25-year warranty, ensure a

winning performance year in and year out.

“In addition they offer

high quality and a really good

price-performance ratio.”

The Motorsport Arena Oschersleben offsets the fuel burned in racing

by powering its facilities with solar.






The disaster at Fukushima has inspired many in

Japan to look more closely at safe, clean and

renewable sources of energy. And imaginative

ways of financing them.

One such initiative invites private citizens to help build

“citizen solar parks” by investing in as little as one

panel. They can even choose to rent a panel if they

wish to. The first installation, comprising 360 Canadian

Solar CS6P-P modules is located outside Hokuto City,

Yamanashi Prefecture, and is surrounded by the scenic

nature and farmland it aims to protect. Founder of

the Citizen Solar movement, Mr. Sawa, explained that

he was in the large-scale wind power generation

business until his retirement a few years ago, and

that he has never lost interest in the opportunities

renewable energy offers.

“I chose Hokuto City as the first location because it has

plenty of sunshine compared to other parts of the

country. It also has a cool climate that enables PV

modules to perform more efficiently, the ideal place for

solar power generation,” he said.

All the energy that the solar park produces is sold to

a local power company and fed into the regional grid.

The profits are then returned to investors. “Besides

giving people the opportunity to show their support

for a renewable future by making a real and immediate

difference, the project also lets them enjoy a good return

on their investment,” said Mr. Sawa. The imaginative

project has also done a lot to raise awareness for solar

power by capturing the attention of the media, and

now enquiries from people wishing to invest are pouring

in from all over the country.

“I spent the first years of my retirement educating

children about the importance of moving towards

renewables in order to prevent global warming,” said

Mr. Sawa. “But when Fukushima happened I decided

that education alone was not enough and I came up

with the ‘Citizen Solar’ idea to more directly engage

people in creating renewable energy solutions.”

The first facility, Hokuto 1 was completed in 2013. It was

soon followed by Hokuto 2 and demand is such that

3, 4 and 5 are now also in the pipeline. “Our first two

phases generate about 400 kWh a day between them

and when all 5 phases are complete the project will

generate 900 kWh,” said Mr. Sawa. “It is my hope that

this is the start of something even bigger and that the

people of Japan will work together to build a completely

clean a sustainable energy future for ourselves,” he




A man on a mission to create a clean energy future for Japan: Mr. Sawa.






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Savings from solar power are reinvested in additional school materials.




Many schools around the US are switching on to

the benefits of solar energy.

First stop is Fresno, California where students have sent

their administrators to the top of class for investing in

solar power. Millions of dollars will be saved on energy

and the money will be used to improve student facilities.

“We specified high quality materials for the system

like the CS6P-P panels from Canadian Solar, which

contributed to the high quality of the project,” said

Don Ulrich, Assistant Superintendent of Facility Services

for the Clovis Unified School District.

Regional voters had the foresight to authorize the

financing for a 5.86 MW solar project that will provide

immediate energy cost savings to support the district‘s

core mission, educating children. “Early indicators tell

us our solar power system will produce enough energy

to save an anticipated $2.4 million dollars a year,” he


The ambitious Clovis Project exemplifies the school

district‘s foresight to reduce energy costs. With education

budgets tight across the U.S., this significant saving

can be redeployed, directly benefiting students for


CALIFORNIA, USA 3.7 kWh per m 2 per day

generations to come,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman

and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.

“Our team is always proud to provide affordable,

high-quality solar energy solutions for educational

institutions, as we share in our commitment to

help create a sustainable and brighter future for our

children,” he concluded.

Panels will soon line the rooftops of shade structures

like the one pictured at 21 sites: 19 of them at schools,

and two of them at district headquarters. The $25

million project is expected to generate six megawatts

of power or the equivalent of 6,000 homes.

Martins Creek Elementary School installs one of the Largest PV

Arrays in North Carolina – Utilizing Canadian Solar Modules to

Generate Green Power and Educational Opportunities.

The school will use the impressive solar array’s monitoring

system, a proprietary system developed by ESA

Renewables to continuously track power output, as an

educational tool teaching children how solar works and

raising their awareness of energy conservation and

environmental consciousness,” he said.

The solar revolution happening at schools extends

far beyond Fresno. Martins Creek Elementary School

recently installed one of the largest PV arrays in North

Carolina, utilizing Canadian Solar modules to generate

green power and educational opportunities. “Martins

Creek Elementary and Middle School contracted ESA

Renewables to complete a 999 kW array of Canadian

Solar CS6P-P modules, generating clean renewable

energy for the community,” said Thomas Körner,

General Manager of Canadian Solar USA.

The PV system reduces carbon emissions equivalent to

the amount that 4,681 trees would sequester per year,

and the project also brought with it new jobs, helping

to support local economic growth.

The Bancroft School, a private boarding school in Worchester,

MA has also discovered a new way to energize

its 541 students: solar power. Composed of 486 of

Canadian Solar’s top-performing CS6P-230P polycrystalline

modules, Bancroft’s 106 kW fixed tilt ballasted roof

mount system will produce more than 117,000 kilowatt

hours of electricity annually, or approximately 25% of

the building’s energy needs over an entire year, which

makes it the largest private installation within the City

of Worcester. In addition, it will reduce CO 2


by 127 tons annually, the same amount that 637 trees

sequester in a year, and will save the school an estimated

$8,000 to $10,000 in annual energy costs.

Bancroft School, a private K-12 Boarding School in Worchester, MA

has discovered a new way to energize its 541 students: solar power.

The installer company, Future Solar Systems, also provided

the school with a basic and advanced curriculum for

solar and wind power, which will enable Bancroft teachers

to use the Canadian Solar system as a tool to educate

students about the importance of renewable energy in

meeting our future energy needs and protecting the






Canadian Solar was recently ranked 4th in the 2015

Randstad Awards – out of about 150 competing

corporations. It’s the second year running we’ve

made the top five, but what we found even

more encouraging were the sub-categories in

which we ranked first.


We were voted number one in ensuring our employees

enjoy great work/life balance and we enjoyed the

same distinction in terms of offering interesting job

content. We were also ranked #1 in corporate social

responsibility for our approach to environmental and

social issues.

Additionally, it’s worth mentioning that we placed

second for the training investment we make in our staff

and #2 overall for Western Canada.

"As a Canadian company with a successful track record

in Ontario, we are honored to be recognized as one

of the top employers by Randstad Canada," said Dr.

Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of

Canadian Solar. "Our company is committed to providing

a diverse, vibrant, and professional work environment

for all employees worldwide and we thank survey

respondents for selecting Canadian Solar," he said.

Making a difference to the lives of employees is as

important as satisfying customers, not least because it

enables Canadian Solar to attract and retain the best

people in the business.

"It’s great to see that our efforts to deliver an employeefriendly

working environment, rewarding job content,

goal-orientated training and strong management paying

off year after year,” concluded Dr. Qu.

Randstad Canada, the country's leading staffing, recruitment

and HR services company and is dedicated to

helping companies recruit the best talent and to support

Canadian workers trying to find attractive employers.

The ranking is decided by over 9,500 workers and job

seekers in search of employment opportunities, so

the winning companies are truly the people's choice.

Perhaps not that surprisingly, salary and employee

benefits topped the list as being the most important

factor for 23 % of respondents, while 14 % were most

interested in long-term job security, and those driven

primarily by pleasant working atmosphere and good

work/life balance came in at 9 % and 7 %, respectively.

"Having a favorable employer brand when recruiting

can mean the difference between attracting the

best people for the job or being overlooked," says Tom

Turpin, President of Randstad Canada.


SAN DIEGO, USA 5.06 kWh per m 2 per day





When Ronald McDonald House Charity of San Diego

wanted a solution the obvious choice was Canadian

Solar. The house supports families with seriously

ill children in a local hospital, and this is the first

Ronald McDonald House in California to use solar


The San Diego based institution will serve more than

20,000 families this year alone, and was looking for

a system that was both reliable and inexpensive.

The solution: a 116 kW roof-mount photovoltaic solar

electric system that will help offset the electrical

costs with clean energy.

The Ronald McDonald House Charity ensures families

in San Diego receive the necessities they need as they

care for their sick child, and we are so pleased to be

able to provide our high-quality modules to this pivotal

community facility,” said Thomas Körner, U.S. general

manager of Canadian Solar Inc.

“Through its leadership in California by implementing a

renewable energy solution, the Ronald McDonald House

Charity of San Diego will reap significant financial savings

while contributing to environmental sustainability for

years to come,” he said. The solar installation consists

of 518 Canadian Solar CS6P-P 220 W polycrystalline

modules. These modules are among the top-ranked in

the industry in PV USA (PTC) ratings, which are quickly

becoming universally accepted standards for measuring

real-world module energy production and performance.

Canadian Solar, and other companies involved in the

project all donated price reductions to benefit the charity.

“Ronald McDonald House Charities

decided to pursue solar energy

to create a healthy and sustainable

environment for the children

and families we serve, and to help

greatly offset power costs,”

said Bill Lennartz, president and CEO of Ronald

McDonald House of San Diego.

”Our partners have been vital to our success as a

resource to families going through the most challenging

times of their lives, and we are excited to now be

producing clean solar energy to help us provide care

to even more families.”

The Ronald McDonald House Charity of San Diego

solar electric system was designed and installed by

HelioPower and will produce an average of 147,846

kilowatt hours per year. The environmental offset is

equivalent to curtailing the release of 151,420 pounds

of carbon dioxide each year, or planting 554 new trees

and sequestering the carbon dioxide over their lifetime.





Does a manufacturing process really need 360 quality

control points? Some would call that obsessive,

wasteful even, and they’d be right. We worked out

you only need 359 quality controls to make the

best products possible.



Then the job becomes changing what’s possible. For

example, we’ve tried and tested our PV products again

and again, to the point where we’re so confident in

them that we offer a 25-year performance warranty.

Even more testing and the consistent excellence of

our products in the field have grown that confidence

to the point where we will soon be offering a 30-year

option. And, if we can hit the 30-year mark, well then…

you get the idea.

As much as we’re focused on delivering the best products

of tomorrow, we’re also proud of the standards we

set today. These are illustrated by the terms of our performance

warranty, which guarantees that the actual

power output of a module will be no less than 97% of

the labeled power output during its first year of

operation, and will decline by no more than 0.7% annually

so that by the end of year 25 the actual power output

The design process includes every test imaginable:

durability, UV resistance, degradation rate and extreme

temperature variation, as well as mechanical performance

in the face of torrential rains, high winds and heavy

snowfalls. There’s no room for inferior components or

workmanship. And this ensures our panels will work

across a wide range of applications as well as stand up

to harsher conditions than competitive products.

Getting down to specifics, 158 of our 359 quality

control points are for incoming materials, while 62

are for raw materials processes and the others for

production control. Every module goes through the


· Electroluminescence (EL) testing: a 100% EL

screen test to eliminate cell or module defects.

· Cleaning: 100% module visual inspection and clean

before packing

· Testing and analysis: performance reliability,

mechanical and chemical tests of raw materials and

components. This is done in warehouse, on the

production line, in the testing lab and at other 3rd


· Machine testing: advanced automatic equipment in

testing and manufacturing process.

will be no less than 80% of the module‘s labeled power

output. In addition, Canadian Solar has expanded its

product warranty covering workmanship and material

defects to 10 years.

“We are proud of our ability to offer an enhanced

warranty policy that, combined with our positive power

tolerance and our insurance policies, provides the best

value in the industry,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman

and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.

These enhancements underlie our confidence in our

manufacturing and quality control processes, and our

commitment to the success of our customers,” he added.

And Dr. Qu’s confidence has a solid foundation:

From incoming material selection to the assembly of

finished products, Canadian Solar applies strict

step-by-step procedures that ensure the performance

of each component in every module.

· Lab testing: In 2008 Canadian Solar commissioned

the first module manufacturer-owned photovoltaic

reliability testing laboratory to meet ISO/IEC 17025

(Accreditation Criteria for the Competence of Testing

and Calibration Laboratories). The laboratory has

total area space 3130 square meters and employs

23 full time technicians.

In addition, as a tier one module manufacturer, our

products are used all over the world. As a result they’ve

been tested by local standards authorities, banks and

independent auditors in Australia, USA, Japan and many

other countries, where they’ve delivered excellent

results and proven top performance across the board.

Even so, we see this as no more than a great beginning.

The future of solar energy promises so much more.

Which is why we have a staff of over 400 scientists,

engineers and technicians working on it today.





A US nut processing company that exports to over

30 markets around the world has enthusiastically

embraced solar energy to fuel its operations on the

fertile grounds of California’s Central Valley.

And the business‘ enthusiasm for solar is based on a

lot more than its power generation capability. Setton

Pistachio, the 2nd largest pistachio processor in the

United States, harvests both environmental and fiscal

savings with its 1.7 MW system, the largest in California’s

Central Valley.

Going solar was a two-fold decision for Setton – the

significant amount of energy they required for their

agricultural operations and the company’s commitment

to sustainability. They chose Canadian Solar products,

and Cenergy Power to design and implement the solution

because it has extensive experience in the agricultural

sector. “Our decision to go solar with Canadian Solar

and Cenergy was made simple by their outstanding

track records, reputation for quality, and power quality

capabilities,” said Lee Cohen, General Manager, Setton


“We are a family business and the decisions we make

have to be good for customers and our growers, partners

and suppliers. This project was an obvious next step in

practicing what we preach about our dedication to the

valley‘s environment and sustainable business practices,”

added Cohen.

In total 7,600 Canadian Solar CS6P-P modules were

deployed in the project. Together they provide a

1.7 megawatt solar plant that produces over 2.6 million

kilowatt hours (kWh) of clean renewable energy per

year – to sort, roast, and package millions of pounds of

pistachios in Setton’s 300,000 square foot processing


Canadian Solar modules provide our customers with

many benefits including higher than average PTC

ratings, excellent workmanship, and reliability. Their

modules consistently provide high efficiency when

kilowatt hours are measured with respect to production

numbers,” said Andrew B. Goldin, VP of Field Operations,

Cenergy Power. The solar installation will reduce Setton

Pistachio’s monthly energy bills along with their carbon

footprint. It will continue to generate renewable energy

for its owners for decades to come, stabilizing their

energy budget, and creating security for their future

power needs.

And, as an added advantage, the project costs were

offset by federal and local incentives lowering the

initial investment and establishing a payback period of

4 short years. It is also estimated that the installation

will generate $14 million in energy savings over 25

years. Of course, it was great for the environment too.

Potential CO 2

production avoided as a result of this

installation is approximately 1,880 metric tons, which is

equivalent to planting 400 acres of pine forest annually.

In addition to the above project, Canadian Solar also

partnered with Cenergy in delivering a 540 kW

PV System to a San Joaquin Valley Agricultural Facility.

Minturn Huller, an almond huller and sheller cooperative

in Chowchilla, California serves more than 260 almond

growers in the valley and runs almost 24 hours a day,

7 days a week from mid-August to November. Their PV

system has 2,702 Canadian Solar CS6P-200PE eModules,

which saves the facilities an estimated 20 % off their

annual electric bill - savings of approximately $40,000

per year.


CALIFORNIA, USA 5.62 kWh per m 2 per day

“Our decision to go with Canadian

Solar was driven by the quality

and value of their products along

with the outstanding service

and support of their team,”

Andrew B. Goldin of Cenergy






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Solar powered greenhouses are not a new idea.

Technically, green houses – and plants – have always

been solar powered. So how can photovoltaics

make a difference to the commercial hothouse

industry and agriculture in general?

There is enormous potential for the

use of solar power in agriculture,”

said Colin Parkin, General Manager

of Canadian Solar Inc.

“PV solutions enable farmers to

create environments where they can

control temperature and light at

vastly reduced cost, when compared

with conventional power sources,”

he said.

These can be smaller scale projects like the 20 kW

clear-module one pictured here in Heihe, China,

which uses innovative transparent panels to let light



Solar module CS6P-P

through to the plants below, to much more ambitious


A 250 kW system in Moose Creek serves as an excellent

example, not least because it is Eastern Ontario’s

Largest Solar Rooftop Installation. It is owned by local

farmer, Mr. Castonguay. “Besides saving on electricity,

I am actually generating direct revenue from the

installation,” he said. “In addition, it significantly reduces

my farm’s carbon footprint and contributes to a cleaner,

renewable environment.”

The system, made up of 1,339 CS6P-P 230 W Canadian

Solar modules, is big enough to meet far more than

his own needs. It is connected to the Ontario grid and

creates additional revenue by supplying enough energy

to power approximately 30 homes annually and, not

least, helps eliminate the production of 279.80 metric

tons of carbon every year. Solexium Solar Solutions,

installer of the system, chose Canadian Solar modules

for their excellent quality and high efficiency wattage.

They were also attracted by the 10-year warranty on

materials and workmanship, and the 25-year linear

power output warranty. The future looks extremely

promising for PV in agriculture.

Solexium solar solutions completed the 250 kW construction of

Eastern Ontario’s largest solar rooftop installation in Moose Creek.

Smaller scale projects like the 20 kW one pictured here in Heihe,

China, are also gaining popularity.


EXETER, UNITED KINGDOM 1.08 kWh per m 2 per day





The United Kingdom’s national weather service, the

MET office, has installed Canadian Solar’s famously

reliable CS6P-M modules at its Exeter Headquarters.

As a world-renowned provider of 24/7 weather, climate

and environmental forecasts and research, the Met

Office’s Exeter HQ Energy Centre sought a reliable source

of clean energy that would reduce CO 2

emissions and

complement their existing sustainability initiatives.

conditions at locations around the world. The new

system is already generating around 1,000 kWhs of

electricity per day - enough to meet the demand of one

of the organization’s three supercomputers used to

carry out research into climate change.

They decided on a 1000 module, 250 kWp rooftop PV

system from Canadian Solar, not least because the

panels have a 25-year warranty and have proven themselves

to be dependable under widely varying weather

Installed by SunGift Solar, a renewable energy specialist

offering customized solutions in the UK, this PV system is

one of the largest rooftop installations in the UK. “When

you’re carrying out thousands of installations every

year, you need top quality modules from a manufacturer

that has a trusted global reputation,” said Gabriel

Wondrausch, Managing Director of SunGift Solar.

“That is why we specify Canadian Solar modules for many

of our jobs. They have that distinctive quality – bankability –

which gives us absolute confidence that the modules will

continue to perform at a high level and give consistent

results throughout their lifetime,”

said Gabriel Wondrausch.









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Perhaps not that surprisingly, one of the first

companies to respond to the The Munich Solar

Initiative was a brewery. Augustiner is one

of the region’s oldest and best-known brewers

and Oktoberfest suppliers and is now taking a

very modern approach to fuelling its logistics


Perhaps not that surprisingly, one of the first companies

to respond to the The Munich Solar Initiative was a

brewery. Augustiner is one of the region’s oldest and

best-known brewers and Oktoberfest suppliers and

is now taking a very modern approach to fuelling its

logistics center.

“More than any other big city, Munich is showing the

way in the production of clean electricity and we aim to

deliver about 7.5 billion kWh of renewable energy by

2025, which will correspond to the city’s entire electricity

consumption,” said then-mayor Christian Ude when

establishing the initiative.

The brewing company recently installed a total of 1628

solar panels on its roof. And the highly efficient

CS6P-P from Canadian Solar will achieve annual electricity

production of around 420,000 kilowatt-hours.

Augustiner ordered the installation on the back of an

initiative from the Munich municipality that incentivizes

businesses to adopt clean sources of energy. The municipality

has stated its goal is to make Munich the first

city of over a million people to run entirely on renewable

energy resources.

The brewery installation is a strong step in the right

direction. Its annual output is roughly equivalent to the

amount of energy 120 households consume in a year.

The new installation is also highly effective from an

environmental point of view. The fact that the Augustiner

logistics center now uses clean energy means that the

production of around 370 tons of CO 2

will be prevented,”

said Valentin Fliess of Canadian Solar Germany. “So all

those who enjoy Augustiner can thank solar energy for

more than the fact that their favorite beer is successfully

distributed. They can take added enjoyment in the

knowledge that it is now a more environmentally friendly

beer too,” Fliess said.






Energy. Some nations have more than they need,

and others need more than they have. This fact lies

at the heart of many of the conflicts we see in the

world today and is the subject of a thought-provoking

new documentary film called The Burden, of which

Canadian Solar is a co-sponsor. The documentary

premiered in Washington on March 27, 2015, as

part of an environmental film festival.

The Burden” refers to our dependence on fossil fuels

and the stress that this places both on the environment

and on those engaged in, or affected by the various

energy-related conflicts around the world. At an environmental

level fossil fuels are a security threat to the

continued well-being of humanity and, more immediately,

the conflicts they cause result in considerable suffering

and political instability.

The only solution is, clearly, to reduce fossil-fuel

dependence and, in time, eliminate it completely through

the continued development and implementation of

renewable, clean energy sources like solar.

The price for guarding oil is too high. In Afghanistan

every 1 in 24 fuel convoys ended with a casualty,”

according to the film, not to mention that the US

Military spends $85-billion a year protecting oil


Given the above fact it is not surprising that the US

Military takes the view that the more it can use, and

encourage others to use non-renewables the better,

and it is on track to meet its goal of 1 GW of renewable

energy by 2025.

Renewables offer benefits over and above clean energy.

The solar industry is also a big employer of veterans,

not least of whom is Kevin Johnson, Iraq war veteran,

West Point graduate & Director of Federal Business

Development at Canadian Solar USA, who has attended

first screenings of the movie with the director.

The Burden is well worth watching,” says Kevin.

“It features issues and solutions that could have an

important impact on the future of humanity,” he said.

As the fighting arm of the world’s strongest superpower,

the US military is pretty much continuously engaged

in conflicts around non-renewables. In addition, it relies

heavily on oil products to fuel its war machine, the resupply

of which only adds to the hazards of any military

operation. The film makes the point that the US military

is the single largest institutional consumer of oil. And

this comes at a cost.

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According to recent research from human rights

organization Greenpeace, the Internet is now

responsible for 27 tons of radioactive waste a year.

In fact it consumes more electrical power than

a good-sized country – and most of this energy

currently comes from pollutant, non-renewable


A single Google search uses as much energy as a lowvoltage

11 W light-bulb uses in an hour. Which may

not sound like much until one factors in that there are

around 6-billion Google searches a day. And that’s

just Google, never mind Facebook, Twitter, Youtube

and the rest of the online world.

The Internet as a whole now consumes around 2% of

all power produced on Earth, or about 300 TWh annually.

That’s roughly equivalent to 30 nuclear power plants

worth of energy translating into into at least 18,5 million

tons of CO 2

from non-renewables.

The good news is that many companies are doing a

lot to clean up their energy footprint. Greenpeace’s

2014 “Clicking Clean” report reveals that major cloud

brands like Apple, Box, Facebook, Google, Rackspace,

and Salesforce have committed to powering their data

centers with 100% renewable energy.

“This is great for renewable energy tech producers

like us,“ said Thomas Körner of Canadian Solar USA.

“A significant portion of the renewable energy these

online companies use will be solar, as is evidenced by

the large solar facilities that Apple, Google and others

have already built.”

A number of leading brands, most notably Apple and

Facebook, have also made significant improvements in

their energy transparency and are only too happy

to share the progress they are making in achieving

their renewably energy targets. Google, for its part,

is showing the way in building a renewably powered

Internet by significantly expanding its renewable energy

purchasing and investment, both independently

and through collaboration with its utility vendors.

“By making better energy choices and demanding more

from utility vendors, some internet companies are

already demonstrating their ability to be critical catalysts

in driving utilities and governments toward the development

of cleaner electricity generation that will ensure

a truly green online world – and a greener offline world

for us all,” says the Greenpeace report.



The Internet is responsible for

27 tons of radioactive waste a year.

Greenpeace’s 2014 “Clicking Clean” report reveals that major cloud companies have committed to

powering their data centers with 100 % renewable energy. Scan this QR code to read more.






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More than 5,600 Canadian Solar

PV panels now adorn the roof of the 900,000

square foot distribution center.


ARIZONA, USA 5.32 kWh per m 2 per day

A leading energy drink’s thirst to do the right thing

for the environment and its customers led to the

installation of a 1.7 MW PV system at it´s bottling

and packaging facility in Tolleson, Arizona.

“Gatorade understands the positive impact clean energy

can bring to the bottom line as well as to the community

around them,” commented Curt Hilliker, VP of the

Commercial Division at Sun Valley Solar Solutions,

which designed and implemented the solution.

More than 5,600 Canadian Solar PV panels now adorn

the roof of the 900,000 square foot distribution center,

which can generate more than three million kilowatt

hours annually. That’s enough electricity to power

approximately 200 average Arizona homes for an entire

year, or over 10 percent of the electricity used by the

entire Tolleson facility annually. And that translates into

electricity cost savings for PepsiCo, which is Gatorade‘s

parent company.

The solar thermal system uses a variety of technologies,

including flat panels and solar beams, to pre-heat

ingredient water for hot-fill products, such as Gatorade,

which is heated and pasteurized before bottling. The

Gatorade facility, the largest of nine plants making the

drink in the US, can now use renewable solar energy

to pump out 59 million cases of the sports drink a year,

according to the company.

Solar generated electricity is used for everything,”

said Tom Schaefer, Director of Engineering for PepsiCo

Resource Conservation. “The warehouse, the plant –

anything that uses electricity. We’re directly offsetting

what we normally would have bought from the

electrical grid,” he said.

PepsiCo is developing sustainable energy and water

programs at a variety of its other manufacturing sites

too, including an experiment to take its Casa Grande

Frito-Lay snack-chip facility nearly entirely off the public

electric, natural-gas and water systems.

The company also installed a large solar system at a

Fullerton, California, facility last month.

“Ultimately, it‘s a commitment

to the future,”

said Rich Schutzenhofer, vice president for engineering

technology and sustainability for PepsiCo in Chicago.

While Arizona is known for its blue skies and sunshine,

PepsiCo is also implementing solar solutions in less

sunny climes. The United Kingdom’s Copella plant in

Boxford is proving that solar energy generation is

possible, even in less than optimal conditions. It recently

installed solar rooftop panels that produce 150 kilowatts

of electricity, becoming the first PepsiCo facility

in the United Kingdom to generate on-site renewable


“This project has generated enough electricity in its first

week to run an average U.K. home for a whole year,”

said Dave Clark, sustainability manager, PepsiCo United

Kingdom. The solar panel project at Boxford is the first

of many projects that PepsiCo UK is using to continually

increase the percentage of energy coming from renewable

sources and help reach its goal of becoming fossil

fuel-free by 2023.

More than this, the installation has important implications

for solar energy in the region as a whole. The fact that

such a well-known brand has taken solar on board will

be noticed by other companies. “Gatorade’s leadership

plays an important role in driving the acceptance of

commercial-scale solar energy, and we’re tremendously

excited to partner with them on such an important

initiative,” said Sun Valley Solutions’ Hilliker.




High-tech medical equipment is only as reliable as

its power supply. And it goes without saying that

there are times when hospitals just cannot afford

to be without electricity, not least, with the recent

re-emergence of Ebola in nearby countries.

“Delivering reliable power to hospitals in Somalia is

challenging due to the minimal infrastructure available,”

said Trevor Devries, Sales Director of Canadian Solar

Africa. “To help solve this problem solar energy systems

have now been installed at four medical facilities in

need of a cost effective, stable energy supply that they

could rely on,” he said.

Canadian Solar CS6P-P modules formed the backbone

of the systems that were installed by W. Giertsen Energy

Solutions, a Norwegian technical services company,

during the first half of 2014. These particular modules

were chosen because of their reputation for absolute

reliability and their ability to survive tough environmental

conditions for 25 years, or more.

All the solar energy systems are also energy-save

solutions, which means they are connected to the grid.

This allows the daytime production of electricity to be

used firstly by the hospital, then to fill up the batteries,

and then feed the excess supply into the grid, while

at night, electricity from the batteries is consumed first,

before drawing power from the grid. This maximizes

the efficiency of using all solar power produced and

also minimizes costs.

“Our belief is that access to electricity

is key to economic and social

development of rural and remote


That’s why we are dedicated to

providing places like this with

renewable energy solutions, while

reducing their impact on climate

change and dependency on fossil


said Bart Van Ouytsel, VP Business Development

for W. Giertsen Energy Solutions.



Solar is helping

to save lives

Four hospitals in Somalia were recently equipped with solar systems.

The efforts of W. Giertsen Energy Solutions and the

reliable performance of the systems they installed have

not gone unnoticed. In Garowe, many excited people

from the local community watched the inauguration of

their first solar energy system when Dr. Abdisamed

Ahmed, head of the hospital, officially turned on the

solar energy system in May 2014.

“Thanks for your efforts in installing the solar system to

Garowe General Hospital. The solar system is working

powerfully and I am very happy that you did a good job

in our hospital,” said the Hospital Director in Garowe,

Somalia. Due to the success of the installations, more

projects have been contracted and will be built in the

horn of Africa 2015.








Many an island paradise is choosing solar power over diesel

and other non-renewables for their energy needs.

By their very nature they are blessed with an abundance of

sunshine, and the fact that island populations often

rely heavily on tourism means they have a vested interest in

keeping their environments as clean as possible.

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· Leading global solar company founded 2001

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· 3 GW module production capacity

· > 8.5 GW solar projects worldwide

· > 9 GW solar modules delivered to customers

in > 90 countries

A well-known global player

strong on business

strategy and execution

· Led by visionary founder and experienced

executive management team

· Independent board of directors with over

100 years of experience in law, finance, research

and manufacturing

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· Uses quality management system of the automotive

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Solar modules

Canadian Solar‘s modules are best in class

in terms of power output and long term


Off-grid applications

The Maple Solar System is a multifunction

device capable of acting as a light source and

as a charger. It provides a convenient source

of mobile power for outdoor activities such

as camping, boating, fishing and hiking.

Our meticulous product design and stringent

quality control ensure our modules deliver an

exceptionally high PV energy yield in live PV

systems. Our accredited in-house PV testing

facilities guarantee all module component

materials meet the highest quality standards



PV energy storage

Solar systems

Canadian Solar Camel Energy Storage System

(ESS) is equipped with bidirectional inverter,

battery pack, energy management unit and

switches. The Camel ESS has two automatic

power charging modes, on-grid and off-grid.

When grid is down during emergency, the

energy storage system will automatically

switch to off-grid mode.

Canadian Solar offers home owners complete

residential solar system solutions to

meet their green energy needs. Canadian

Solar‘s residential solar power systems are

designed to meet different building applications

in system sizes of 1.5 kW (CS1500),

3.0 kW (CS3000), 5.0 kW (CS5000) and 10 kW


Camel ESS is a great investment in saving

on your energy bill as you can charge the

battery with solar energy during the day and

use electricity from the battery during peak

rate hours. In addition, Camel ESS system is

a highly reliable energy source in emergency

when utility is down.

Canadian Solar also provides customized

solar system solutions for special solar energy








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Canadian Solar would like to offer you the unusual

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