Canadian Solar opens microgrid testing center

Chinese module manufacturer Canadian Solar today announced the opening of its microgrid testing center in its Canadian base of Guelph, Ontario.

Part-funded by the Ontario Ministry of Energy’s Smart Grid Fund, the new center will benefit indigenous and remote communities as well as mining operations in Canada, according to today’s Canadian Solar press release announcing the news.

Canadian Solar CEO Shawn Qu said the testing center – which will provide solution testing, system solution design and smart grid assessment services – is the latest part of his company’s Total Solutions strategy.

Qu has focused company strategy on Canadian Solar’s Total Solutions downstream business and will want to get plans back on track after an apparent setback in the company’s last set of figures, which disappointed investors and saw a sell-off of company shares.

The testing centre press release said the new facility will test grid-connected, as well as off-grid, microgrids, and will also benefit utilities as well as universities and colleges.