Canadian Solar Announces that it Successfully Started Commercial Operation of Four Solar Power Plants in Japan

"We are pleased to start commercial operation of four additional solar projects totaling 8.6 MWp, which brings our total megawatts in operation in Japan close to 15 MWp"

GUELPH, Ontario, Oct. 20, 2015 -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it started the commercial operation of four solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants in Japan, totaling approximately 8.6 MWp.


The 8.6 MWp portfolio of projects include the 2.6 MWp Hijimachi Fujiwara solar power plant in Hayami-gun, Oita Prefecture, the 2.2 MWp Koba solar power plant in Isa-shi City, Kagoshima Prefecture, the 2.1 MWp Tsukuba Holes solar power plant in Kasama-shi City, Ibaraki Prefecture and the 1.7 MWp Yusuicho solar power plant in Aira-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture.

Financing for these four projects is being provided by Rabobank Hong Kong, pursuant to a credit agreement announced on July 28, 2015. As previously disclosed, the credit facility has a two-year maturity and will be used to finance the construction of an initial portfolio of up to 20 MWp of the Company's solar power plants in Japan.

"We are pleased to start commercial operation of four additional solar projects totaling 8.6 MWp, which brings our total megawatts in operation in Japan close to 15 MWp," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar Inc. "We remain positive on the opportunities ahead for our energy business in Japan and remain committed to delivering reliable solar energy solutions around the world."

The 2.6 MWp Hijimachi Fujiwara solar plant, powered by 10,098 Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, achieved commercial operation on October 13, 2015. The electricity generated from this plant, approximately 3,101 MWh annually, will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of ¥36.00 ($0.30) per kWh.

The 2.2 MWp Koba solar plant powered by 8,558 Canadian Solar CS6P-260P modules, achieved commercial operation on September 16, 2015. The electricity generated from the plant, approximately 2,810 MWh annually, will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of ¥40.00 yen ($0.34) per kWh.

The 2.1 MWp Tsukuba Holes solar plant powered by 8,250 Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, achieved commercial operation on September 24, 2015. This plant is expected to generate approximately 2,199 MWh of clean, solar electricity annually to be purchased by Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of ¥40.00 yen ($0.34) per kWh.

And finally the 1.7 MWp Yusuicho solar plant powered by 6,860 Canadian Solar CS6P-255P modules, achieved commercial operation on August 21, 2015. This plant is expected to generate approximately 2,226 MWh of clean, emission-less solar electricity every year, which will be purchased by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. under a 20 year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of ¥36.00 yen ($0.30) per kWh.

About Canadian Solar
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 the past 14 years, Canadian Solar has successfully deployed over 11 GW of premium quality modules in over 70 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 Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or on the website.

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