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