GUELPH, Ontario — Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it has reached commercial operation on its 19.1MWp Gunma Aramaki solar power plant, located approximately 100km northwest of Tokyo, Japan.
The Gunma Aramaki solar power plant is powered by 59,544 Canadian Solar’s CS6X MaxPower solar panels. The plant is expected to generate approximately 23,830MWh of clean solar power per year, which will be purchased by Japan’s largest energy utility, Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. (TEPCO), under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of JPY36.0 ($0.32) per kWh.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc. commented, “In 2017, we reached commercial operation on over 100MWp of solar power projects in Japan. Our 19.1MWp Gunma Aramaki project is the first of our two projects in the Gunma prefecture to have reached commercial operation. Today, we have successfully developed solar power plant projects in over 19 prefectures, further enhancing the geographic diversity of the operating portfolio we have developed across Japan.”
Earlier on April 3, 2017, the Company announced it had raised JPY 5.4 billion for the Gunma Aramaki project through a dual-tenor green project bond, the first of its kind in Japan. The project received an investment grade rating of “A” from the Japan Credit Rating Agency.
“This project represents a high-quality growth opportunity for Canadian Solar Infrastructure Fund and this innovative financing structure preserves the option for the Fund to acquire this operational asset in the future,” further commented Dr. Shawn Qu.
About Canadian Solar Inc.
Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and a provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 16 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 24 GW of premium quality modules to over 100 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publically listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the Company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.
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