Canadian Solar tops non-domestic brand in Japan

Canadian Solar has managed to infiltrate where few rivals have had much success, securing a 7% share of the Japanese PV module market.

The global solar power company has announced today that it has shipped 508 MW of solar PV modules to Japan – a country notorious for its preference for domestic content.

To cement Canadian Solar’s position as the number one foreign PV brand in Japan, the company will also open two additional business operation centers in the country in order to serve the four geographic regions of Japan in which it has enjoyed success. The new Tokyo operation center will serve the central-east region, with the Osaka and Sendai center looking after the central-west and north regions, respectively. A center in Fukuoka serves Canadian Solar customers in the south of Japan.

"Japan has been a key market for us since 2009, when we initiated our market diversification strategy," said Canadian Solar chairman and CEO, Shawn Qu.

"We are proud of our progress and our accomplishments in the space of five years, as we built our team to over 100 employees, and expanded our business scope from residential and commercial PV system sales to include module sales and utility-scale solar project development.

"We are also delighted that as a result of our hard work and commitment we are able to establish Canadian Solar as the top foreign brand in this important growth market," Qu added.

Another facet of the company’s success in Japan has been its supply of solar PV module system kit solutions for rooftop arrays, while its utility-scale project pipeline has grown to 330 Mw, up from 278 MW at the end of the third quarter of 2013.