Canadian Solar 'top Japan importer'

Canadian Solar shipped 508MW of PV modules in Japan in 2013, making it the country’s leading foreign supplier with a 7% share of the market.

The company said in an online statement that it currently has 330MW of utility-scale PV in the pipeline in Japan, up 52MW from the third quarter.

The country has been an important market for Canadian Solar since 2009, chairman and chief executive Shawn Qu said.

The company, which makes most of its modules in China, has announced several deals in Japan over the past several months.

In December, it secured financing to develop 145MW of solar projects. And in November, developer Eurus Energy confirmed that it had chosen Canadian Solar to supply 14MW of solar modules for a PV plant in northern Japan’s Tohoku region.