Canadian Solar adds 30W in China

Canadian Solar has commissioned its first major utility-scale PV project in China, a 30MW ground-mount array in the western state of Xinjiang.

As of last November, Canadian Solar claimed a concrete pipeline of just 40MW in China, meaning that the completion of the Xinjiang project has nearly cleared its docket in the country where it does most of its manufacturing.

The company has also completed several dozens of megawatts of rooftop PV projects in China, and claims a much larger “soft” project pipeline in the country, suggesting earlier-stage projects for which no final decisions have yet been taken.

Canadian Solar – whose push into downstream project development has been arguably the most successful among the world’s makers of crystalline silicon modules – has been far more active in developing projects in North America and, more recently, Japan.

The Xinjiang project – developed by Canadian Solar subsidiary CSI Solar Power – soaked up nearly 130,000 of the company’s CS6P-235P modules.

The project is presumably the same 30MW array for which Canadian Solar nailed down a 270m yuan ($44.6m) loan from the China Development Bank last July.

Despite its relatively modest downstream footprint in China to date, Canadian Solar has emerged as a significant module supplier many of the country’s largest solar developers, having recently secured major orders from the likes of Three Gorges New Energy and Zhenfa New Energy.

Ontario-headquartered Canadian Solar was included on a recently published list of 109 Chinese PV companies in the frame to receive ongoing political and financial support in China, as Beijing looks to slim the country’s vast and unruly stable of solar manufacturers.