Canadian Solar exists to make the difference. To customers, colleagues, partners, investors and all whose lives we touch. We are also here to make a positive difference to the environment and society as a whole. We do this by providing exceptional products and services that meet the specific needs of customers, employees, partners and investors.
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) operates as a global energy provider with successful business subsidiaries in 20 countries on 6 continents. Besides serving as a leading manufacturer of solar PV modules and provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects. With the company’s recent acquisition of Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar’s total project pipeline is now 9 GW, including an increase in the late-stage project pipeline to 2.4 GW. With state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Canada, China and Vietnam, Canadian Solar employs over 8,500 workers worldwide. This translates into more than 12 GW of panel shipments, or over 30 million PV modules, in the past 14 years. Together with Recurrent Energy, Canadian Solar is ushering the way into a new era of clean, competitive, mainstream power.
Dr. Shawn Qu President & Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Shawn Qu founded Canadian Solar in 2001, publicly listed it on NASDAQ in 2006 and has since then firmly established the company and himself as a global leader of the solar industry. He has a Ph.D. in material sciences from the University of Toronto and various other degrees. Prior to founding Canadian Solar, Dr. Qu held various positions at ATS Automation Systems and was a research scientist at Ontario Power Generation. In 2011, Dr. Qu became a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, one of the most prestigious universities in China.
Making the difference to our customers
Canadian Solar is dedicated to changing the lives of all its customers for the better. And we have been ever since our inception, whether customers invest in a single module, a large project or a tailor-made energy solution. Our PV panels have been so thoroughly tested and proven under harsh conditions that we offer a 25-year warranty with confidence. All the above and our customer support in over 18 countries adds up to attractive bankability too. Our customers always have peace of mind knowing they are dealing with a highly ranked, reliable company.
Making the difference to solar projects
We offer our customers the opportunity to invest in utility-scale solar power plants. With a successful track record developing, engineering, constructing and connecting over 400 MW, Canadian Solar stands out as one of the leading solar developers globally. Companies like BlackRock, Samsung and TransCanada are among our list of customers that rely on us to deliver reliable solar solutions. In addition, we help boost the social responsibility profile of any portfolio providing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development worldwide.
Making the difference for the future
Canadian Solar operates three state-of-the-art PV research centers for cells, modules and systems in Canada and China. Combined more than 400 scientists, engineers and technicians conduct research to continuously improve our solar cell and solar module technologies. With R&D investments of over 600 million USD, 217 global patents and strategic R&D partnerships with NREL, ECN and DuPont, Canadian Solar is a globally recognized innovator of the solar industry.
Making the difference to society
Canadian Solar is a multinational corporation that works across diverse cultures on a global scale. As such, we promote a socially progressive and responsible approach to Human Resources, production quality, management standards, supply chain management, marketing, customer services and community involvement. In particular, we support sports like ice hockey, soccer and basketball with sponsorships, donations and, not least, by attending the games of our favorite teams.
Some of key solar projects
ORCALAB WHALE RESEARCH CENTRE CANADA
Canadian Solar Solutions donates solar modules to the OrcaLab Whale Research Centre.
Canadian Solar Solutions donated CS6P-P 270 W high performance solar modules to power the world- renowned OrcaLab Whale Research Centre. Situated on a remote island off the British Columbia coast, near Alert Bay the OrcaLab has been researching dolphins for more than four decades. The founder of OrcaLab, Paul Spong has spearheaded global research which confirms orca “clans” have distinct, highly sophisticated dialects.
The solar system allows the off-grid research facility to cut gas generator use and fuel costs dramatically. It also increases battery performance and life, expands the range of underwater microphones and cameras, and improves amenities for researchers and visitors. Furthermore, the system was designed to perform with minimal maintenance for decades to come.
It’s great for the environment too. OrcaLab has reduced carbon emissions from its gas generators by 1.5 to 2 tonnes per year, which translates to fuel cost savings of up to $2,000 per year. Mr. Spong is thrilled to be meeting all power needs without a generator, and is looking forward to a future without oil.
All modules donated to the OrcaLab are Ontario-made photovoltaic modules manufactured in Guelph, Ontario by Canadian Solar, Canada’s largest manufacturing facility. Installation of the solar modules was carried out by Professor Steve Lapp, his St. Lawrence College Students, and Mr. Paul McKay.
THUNDER BAY AIRPORT, CANADA
Canadian Solar Supplies EPC Service for the Thunder Bay Airport Solar Farm, chosen as a Finalist for the Intersolar North America 2012 Solar Project Award.
The first utility-scale solar installation on airport authority land in Ontario, Thunder Bay International Airport was completed and connected in December of 2011. The 8.5 AC megawatts solar project was featured in the “Shine Ontario” campaign promoting the benefits of green energy, spearheaded by SkyPower and Canadian Solar. The Thunder Bay Airport solar installation was selected as a finalist for the Intersolar North America 2012 Project Award.
Canadian Solar, already established as one of the largest module manufacturers in the world, deployed 36,660 premium performance CS6P modules to power the solar installation and was awarded the Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract. Capable of providing project, finance, operations and maintenance support, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., a division of Canadian Solar Inc., specializes in delivering customized and cost-effective turnkey solar solutions. The Thunder Bay Airport project was developed and is currently owned by SkyPower Global, one of Canada’s largest owners and developers of solar energy projects. SkyPower prospects, develops, finances, owns and operates solar energy projects from the initial discovery stages through to commercial operation.
The Thunder Bay solar plant will generate enough renewable energy to power almost 15,000 homes over a 20-year period and offset approximately 5,061 metric tons of carbon per year, helping to secure the province as the greenest in Canada.
PSEG SOLAR FARM, CALIFORNIA USA
Canadian Solar supplies over Four Megawatts of Modules for the Largest Solar Installation in Shasta County, California.
The two solar installations in Shasta County that make up PSEG Shasta Solar Farm, are the largest in this mountainous county. They stand at over 3,300 feet in elevation between iconic Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta and were completed in 2014. Blue Oak Energy provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (“EPC”) services to complete the project and continues to provide operations and maintenance (“O&M”) services.
PSEG Shasta Solar Farm includes approximately 14,952 Canadian Solar CS6X-P modules and powers approximately 725 homes. Combined, its two plants offset nearly 152,598 tons of CO2, which is equivalent to taking nearly 30,000 automobiles off the road.
This is the first West Coast project for PSEG Solar Source, which develops, constructs, owns and operates utility scale solar projects. It also owns the largest solar facilities in Delaware and Ohio, the second largest in Florida as well as projects in Arizona and New Jersey.
“PSEG is pleased to announce this, our 7th utility scale solar project,” said Diana Drysdale, President of PSEG Solar Source. “We continue to work with best-in-class partners like Canadian Solar to invest in projects that provide emissions-free solar energy that help meet solar and renewable targets across the U.S.”
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