GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, December 18, 2015 – Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, one of North America’s largest solar project developers, signed an agreement with Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, giving Southern Power a controlling interest in the Garland solar photovoltaic (PV) project in California. The 200 MW AC project, developed by Recurrent Energy, is currently under construction.
Under the terms of the agreement, Southern Power will acquire 51% of the equity in the solar generation project. Canadian Solar will retain 49% ownership and contribute its share of the investment required to complete the construction of the project, which the Company has financed through a construction and back-leveraged loan facility with a syndicate of five banks.
The Garland project, covering an area of approximately 2,000 acres in Kern County, will primarily utilize Canadian Solar high performance CS6X-P photovoltaic solar modules mounted on single-axis tracking tables. The facility is expected to enter commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2016 with Signal Energy Constructors as the provider of engineering, procurement, and construction services. The project is expected to create more than 300 construction jobs and, when completed, is expected to be capable of generating enough solar energy to meet the energy needs of approximately 45,000 homes. The electricity and associated renewable energy credits (RECs) generated by the facility will be sold to Southern California Edison (SCE) under long-term power purchase agreements.
This transaction represents Recurrent Energy’s third venture with Southern Power, which also holds a controlling interest in the 200 MW AC Tranquillity solar facility in California and the 157 MW AC Roserock solar facility in Texas.
“With this agreement, Recurrent Energy and Southern Power are partnering to bring more than half a gigawatt of solar power online by the end of 2016,” said Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. “Southern Power’s commitment to renewables underscores the important role of solar and is a clear indicator that our large-scale solar facilities are attractive assets.”
About Recurrent Energy
Recurrent Energy, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc., is redefining what it means to be a mainstream clean energy company, with utility-scale solar plants that provide competitive clean electricity. The company has more than 4 GW of solar projects in development in North America. Additional details are available at: www.recurrentenergy.com
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 the past 14 years, Canadian Solar has successfully deployed over 12 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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