Saudi ARAMCO's KAPSARC solar project to receive Canadian Solar modules

Canadian Solar has been awarded a contract to provide 1.78 MW of solar modules for a new solar power project in Saudi Arabia.

The KAPSARC (King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center) project is being backed by the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi ARAMCO), who are the largest producers of crude oil in the world, and will become the country’s largest ground-mounted solar PV plant once completed.

Such a project brought new challenges to Canadian Solar, who subjected their modules to rigorous inspections and testing, including the “Desert Proof certificate-Blowing Sand Test“, in order to win the contract.

Impressed by the modules’ durability, efficiency and 25-year linear power output performance guarantee, Saudi ARAMCO chose Canadian Solar for the project, further expanding the manufacturer’s aims to widen its global footprint into new and emerging solar markets.

"After a long and detailed testing and registration process we are honored to become a certified supplier to Saudi ARAMCO as well as becoming the first solar PV panel manufacturer to supply panels directly to Saudi ARAMCO for the prestigious KAPSARC project,“ said Canadian Solar CEO and chairman, Shawn Qu. “Our high-quality CS6X series solar panels will be used for the implementation of this project on the grounds of KAPSARC in Riyadh.

"We believe that this flagship project will also be a determining factor to select and qualify technology partners with bankable solar power solutions and proven track record to ensure the successful execution of Saudi Arabia’s ambitious 16 GW solar PV energy development program."