Canadian Solar

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Canadian Solar Inc.
Public company
Traded as CSIQ (NASDAQ)
Industry Renewable energy, Photovoltaics industry
Founded 2001 (2001)
Founder Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO
Headquarters Guelph (Ontario), Canada
Number of locations
Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, South Africa, India, United Arab Emirates, Japan, Korea, Australia, the United States, Singapore, Hong Kong and China
Products Photovoltaic modules, Photovoltaic systems
Revenue $3.5 billion (USD, 2015)
Number of employees
circa 9,000

Canadian Solar Inc. is a publicly traded company (NASDAQ: CSIQ) that manufactures solar PV modules and photovoltaic solar power systems.

Company history[edit]

Founded in 2001 in Canada by Dr. Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) operates as a global energy provider with business subsidiaries in 20 countries on 6 continents. Besides serving as a 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 13.5 GW, including an increase in the late-stage project pipeline to 2.4 GW. Including two state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Ontario, Canadian Solar employs nearly 9,000 workers worldwide. This translates to more than 15 GW of panel shipments, or approximately 70 million PV modules, in the past 15 years. [1]


Canadian Solar production facilities in Canada, China, Indonesia, Vietnam and Brazil are structured for vertically-integrated manufacturing of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar PV modules, solar power systems and specialized solar products.

In 2008, Canadian Solar was one of the first module manufacturers to have an onsite ISO/IEC 17025-compliant testing laboratory. The Canadian Solar Photovoltaic Testing Lab was established to ensure compliance with international safety and reliability testing standards for solar panels.[2]

The bulk of Canadian Solar's manufacturing facilities are located in China. In 2011, Canadian Solar also began manufacturing in a plant in Ontario, Canada.[3] The Ontario plant has a production capacity of over 500 MW per year.[4] Canadian Solar passed the OHSAS 18001 international standards for occupational health and safety after auditing by TÜV Rheinland in 2012.[5]

Environmental and quality management certifications[edit]


Below are some of Canadian Solar's worldwide project references:


  • 70 MW – Solarpark Meuro, Meuro, Germany (August 2011)
  • 78 MW – Senftenberg Solarpark Senftenberg, Germany (September 2011)
  • 70 MW – Rovigo Photovoltaic Power Plant, Rovigo, Italy (November 2010)
  • 15 MW – Three systems of 5 MW each, Conwall, UK (September 2011)
  • 8 MW – Villeneuve de Marsan, France (April 2012)
  • 4.1 MW – Balakli, Bulgaria (June 2012)

North America[edit]

  • 5 MW – Keystone Solar Farm, Pennsylvania, USA (October 2012)
  • 8.5 MW - Canadian Solar 1 (CS1), Canada (August 2012)
  • 10 MW – Brockville 1, Canada (June 2013)
  • 9 MW – Brockville 2, Canada (September 2013)
  • 10 MW – Silvercreek Solar Park, Canada (January 2014)


  • 10 MW – Ninxiahongsibao, China (August 2010)
  • 20 MW – Wulate, Inner Mongolia, China (December 2013)
  • 30 MW – Suzhou Golden Sun Projects, China (November 2012)
  • 25 MW – Gajner, Bikaner, Rajasthan, India (November 2013)
  • 1.3 MW – Hyogo, pref. Awaji city, Japan (January 2013)

Products & projects[edit]

Canadian Solar offers solar modules, solar power systems, off-grid solar home application systems and specialized solar products.

Canadian Solar global PV project business unit has been in operation for over six years and develops PV projects worldwide, specializing in project development, system design, engineering and financing. In addition Canadian Solar can handle the deployment of photovoltaic projects systems, ranging from commercial systems of a few hundred kilowatts to utility-scale projects measured in mega-watts.


Canadian Solar's standard modules are powered by 156 x 156 mm (6 inch) high efficiency mono-crystalline or poly-crystalline solar cells. Their new Dymond double-glass modules have better reliability and are PID-free; their five bus bar cells deliver higher module wattages and higher reliability.

Performance and reliability[edit]

Canadian Solar products adhere to international quality standards, including IEC 61215, IEC 61730, UL 1703, KEMCO, CE, JET CQC and MCS.[6]

Canadian Solar modules have achieved the maximum ratings in tests for ammonia (NH3) resistance of solar modules[citation needed] and have also passed IEC 61701 salt mist resistance testing[7] and are highly PID resistant.[citation needed]

Canadian Solar modules rank highly under PVUSA test conditions (PTC).[8]

Canadian Solar modules passed blowing sand test according to IEC 60068-2-68 to determine the effects of dust and sand on electrotechnical products.

Warranty and insurance[edit]

Canadian Solar was one of the first companies[9] in the industry to offer enhanced product and performance warranty backed by an immediately available and non-cancellable insurance policy.[citation needed]

In 2011, Canadian Solar introduced a linear performance guarantee for PV module power output over a 25-year period. Under this policy, Canadian Solar expanded its product warranty covering workmanship and material defects up to 10 years.[10]


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