EDF Energies Nouvelles and Canadian Solar Commission Two of the Pirapora Solar Energy Projects in Brazil
GUELPH, Ontario and RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, and EDF Energies Nouvelles, a global market leader in renewable energy, today announced that the 191.5 MWp Pirapora I and 92.5 MWp Pirapora III solar energy projects in Brazil, totaling 284 MWp, were commissioned in November 2017.
As part of the Pirapora projects (399 MWp), the Pirapora I and III solar projects, located in the State of Minas Gerais in Brazil, were each awarded a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement following respectively the second and the first Reserve Energy Auctions, in 2015 and 2014.
Powered by 600 thousands and 290 thousands of Canadian Solar’s high-efficiency CS6U-P modules, the Pirapora I plant and Pirapora III plant generates 392 GWh and 186 GWh of clean, reliable solar electricity per year respectively, contributing towards Brazil’s goal of obtaining 23% of its energy from non-hydro renewable sources by 2030.
EDF Energies Nouvelles acquired 80% interest in each of the 191.5 MWp Pirapora I, 115 MWp Pirapora II and 92.5 MWp Pirapora III projects from Canadian Solar. The Pirapora II project is currently under construction and is expected to reach commercial operation in mid-2018.
“We are pleased to announce the commissionings of the Pirapora I and III projects, which are the first solar projects we have connected to the grid in Brazil. We see strong potential in the solar energy market in Brazil and will continue to grow our project pipeline in the country to meet the local demand for clean and affordable solar energy. EDF EN is an important partner and we look forward to continuing our successful partnership with more opportunities in Brazil and other countries.” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc.
Antoine Cahuzac, EDF Group’s Senior Executive Vice President Renewable Energies, Chairman and CEO of EDF Energies Nouvelles, added, “These new commissionings constitute further evidence of our growth ambitions in Brazil, a key renewable energy market for the EDF Group. It represents a new step toward the EDF Group’s goal of doubling its renewable capacity in France, and worldwide, by 2030 under its CAP 2030 company plan.”
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 provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar also 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 22 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 publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.
About EDF Energies Nouvelles
EDF Energies Nouvelles is a market leader in renewable energy electricity, with a portfolio of more than 10 GW gross installed capacity focused for the most part on wind (onshore and offshore) and solar photovoltaic energy. Mostly operating in Europe and North America, EDF Energies Nouvelles continues its development by taking strong positions in promising emerging areas such as Brazil, China, India, or South Africa, and North Africa and Gulf Cooperation Council regions. The Company is also present in other segments of the renewable energy market: marine energy, distributed energies and energy storage. EDF Energies Nouvelles manages renewable energy projects’ development and construction as well as operation and maintenance for its own account and for third parties. EDF Energies Nouvelles is a subsidiary of the EDF Group dedicated to renewable energy.
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