Canadian Solar’s current projects straddle two continents, with the Ontario-based company providing PV modules to five utility-scale projects in North Carolina totaling 30 MW as well as an 18 MW installation in Japan.
The company was selected by Strata Solar for the North Carolina projects, located in Orange, Lincoln, Union, Rockingham and Caswell counties. The power plants will power approximately 3,750 households, many of which are located in agricultural areas. The companies stressed the advantage solar energy can provide for farms, pointing out that energy costs offset by solar energy directly affects operational profitability.
"These solar farms continue to showcase the capabilities of Canadian Solar products in our portfolio of utility projects," said Markus Wilhelm, chief executive officer of Strata Solar, a North Carolina-based turn-key solar provider.
Strata Solar used 118,860 Canadian Solar polycrystalline modules for the projects.
Canadian Solar is also set to start on a new project on the other side of the Pacific. The company secured a module supply agreement to provide 18 MW of modules to Tokyo-based electronics giant Hitachi, which is serving as the EPC contractor on a solar power project in Japan owned by Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation.
"Quality and reliability are key criteria we use to select our partners and suppliers. After extensive evaluation we are impressed with the quality of Canadian Solar’s PV modules as well as their track record of delivering high quality solar modules to large scale solar power projects worldwide," said Kosho Aikawa, Hitachis senior engineer.
This 18 MW solar power project, which is expected to be in operation in March 2015, is located on the boundary between Marumori-machit in Miyagi prefecture and Soma city in Fukushima prefecture, covering an area of 80 hectares.
Canadian Solar will supply approximately 73,556 pieces of its 60 cell high efficiency CS6P255P modules with power output of 255 Wp for the project.
This solar plant will power approximately 5,000 homes, with generated electricity to be sold to Tohoku Electric Power for the next 20 years.