Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has started the commercial operation of a 24MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) power plant in Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.
The Yamaguchi plant achieved commercial operation on November 16, 2016, and is the largest solar power plant that Canadian Solar has built in Japan. Powered by 92,064 Canadian Solar CS6P-260P/CS6P-255P modules, the plant is expected to generate approximately 28,487 MWh of electricity each year, which will be purchased by Chugoku Electric Power Company, under a 20-year feed-in-tariff contract at the rate of JPY40.00 ($0.38) per kWh.
"We are delighted to announce the commercial operation of this 24MWp plant, which once again demonstrates Canadian Solar's leadership position in the solar energy business. With the addition of this 24MWp project, our total portfolio of projects in operation in Japan reaches 46MWp,"commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. "With 167MWp of projects under construction and an addition 66MWp of projects that are ready to build, we are well on track to deliver more solar projects in Japan. We are also working on a plan to monetize certain assets in the coming months."