Canadian Solar Donates PV Modules to the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund

  Canadian Solar Donates PV Modules to the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar
                                 Schools Fund

High-Performance PV Modules Will Help Schools Transition to Clean, Renewable
Energy

PR Newswire

SAN RAMON, Calif., April 30, 2013

SAN RAMON, Calif., April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --Canadian Solar
Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar")(NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's
largest solar companies, today announced that it has donated PV modules to the
Brian D. Robertson Foundation's Memorial Solar Schools Fund. The donated
photovoltaic (PV) modules will be installed on four schools, one located in
Maryland and three in Ohio.

  oThe Crossroads School, Baltimore, MD: Established to serve disadvantaged
    inner-city youth, The Crossroads School is one of the first charter
    schools in the state of Maryland and a top performing middle school in the
    City of Baltimore. Situated on the Living Classrooms East Harbor Campus,
    Crossroads plans to utilize the PV panels to help the school maximize its
    energy savings and leverage the installation to integrate solar energy
    into its academic curriculum.
  oC-TEC High School, Newark, OH: A technical high school located 30 miles
    east of Columbus, C-TEC will use the panels on a zero-energy home being
    built on campus. The home will serve as a teaching tool for students
    interested in learning about zero-energy building practices and will
    support the school's Electrical Trades (ELI), Building Trades (BT),
    Architectural & Engineering Design (AED) and Welding & Sheet Metal Layout
    (WLD) programs. In addition to the panels on the roof one panel is being
    donated to the classroom to be used as a teaching tool for solar
    electricity. The Foundation for Environmental Education and the Electrical
    Trades Center Local 683 (IBEW) are partners in the project as well.One
    panel is being donated to the classroom to be used as a teaching tool for
    solar electricity.
  oColonial Hills Elementary and Linworth Alternative High School,
    Worthington, Ohio. The Worthington, Ohio School District is home to one
    of the first solar school projects in the U.S., at Bluffsview Elementary,
    which was also the first school in American Electric Power's Learning from
    Light Solar School Initiative.Today, there are solar panels on 4
    different schools in the Worthington School District.Canadian Solar
    panels are being donated to two additional schools, Colonial Hills
    Elementary and Linworth Alternative High School.Both Colonial Hills and
    Linworth Alternative have received local donations to help fund the solar
    projects being planned for each site.The district will continue to
    maintain energy efficient buildings throughout all of its schools and
    their energy team includes the Ohio Energy Project, a non profit affiliate
    of the National Energy Education Development Project (NEED.org).The
    Worthington School District recently learned that eleven of its facilities
    have earned the EPA Energy Star Award. 90 percent of students in the
    district move on to higher education, and 80 percent of its teachers hold
    a master's degree or higher.

A joint venture with The Solar Foundation, the Brian D. Robertson Memorial
Solar Schools Fund is based on Robertson's "20/20 Vision of Solar in
America™," which aims to oversee the installation of 20,000 solar energy
systems at K-12 schools throughout the United States by 2020.

"As we continue to build towards the fulfillment of Brian Robertson's solar
schools vision, we are humbled by the generosity of partners like Canadian
Solar," said Jigar Shah, founder and former CEO of Sun Edison. Brian's widow
Eileen, chairman of the Brian D. Robertson Memorial Solar Schools Fund, added
"Brian saw education as the foundation for developing a clean energy economy
and strengthening our nation's future. Schools face rising energy costs and an
uncertain climate for state and national education funding. So beyond the
environmental and social benefits, going solar can help schools reduce energy
costs therefore saving budgets for teachers and student programs."

An entrepreneur and solar pioneer who co-founded SunEdison, Brian Robertson
was killed in a plane crash in December of 2011 while serving as CEO of
Amonix, Inc. The foundation was established to achieve Robertson's vision of
putting solar electricity within reach of millions of students across the
country.

"We are honored to do our part in helping the Solar Schools Fund fulfill Brian
Robertson's vision for a clean energy economy rooted in solar-powered
schools," said Shawn Qu, Chairman, President and CEO of Canadian Solar. "Solar
philanthropy can provide others with a very rewarding experience as it
empowers people to be both community-minded and self-sufficient. Canadian
Solar is committed to do everything possible to support a brighter future for
generations to come."

About Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost
solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar
modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in
North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Canadian
Solar has delivered more than 4GW of premium quality solar modules to
customers in over 50 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the
environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions
and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more
information, please visit www.canadiansolar.com

About The Brian D. Robertson Foundationand Solar Schools Fund

Brian Robertson, a Canadian-born entrepreneur whose life was never taken for
granted, willed success in everything he touched from the Internet to solar
energy. Robertson, who passed away in 2011, was the Chief Executive Officer at
Amonix, founder of SunEdison, and had a remarkable record of entrepreneurial
leadership. Robertson passed away in 2011. The Brian D. Robertson Memorial
Solar Schools Fund was created to introduce students to solar power by having
a total of 20,000 solar energy systems installed at K-12 schools across the
nation by 2020. The "20/20 Vision of Solar in America™" will put solar
electricity within reach of millions of students across the country – a goal
that embodies Brian's belief that education is critical for developing a green
energy economy and strengthening our nation's future.

Safe Harbor / Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are forward-looking statements that
involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially. These statements are made under the "Safe Harbor"
provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In
some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by such terms as
"believes," "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "estimates," the negative of
these terms, or other comparable terminology. Factors that could cause actual
results to differ include the risks regarding the previously disclosed SEC
investigation as well as general business and economic conditions and the
state of the solar industry; governmental support for the deployment of solar
power; future available supplies of high-purity silicon; demand for end-use
products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply
chain; changes in demand from significant customers; changes in demand in our
project markets; changes in customer order patterns; capacity utilization;
level of competition; pricing pressure and declines in average selling prices;
delays in new product introduction; continued success in technological
innovations and delivery of products with the features customers demand;
utility-scale project approval process; delays in utility-scale project
construction; shortage in supply of materials or capacity requirements;
availability of financing; exchange rate fluctuations; litigation and other
risks as described in the Company's SEC filings, including its annual report
on Form 20-F filed on April 26, 2013. Although the Company believes that the
expectations reflected in the forward looking statements are reasonable, it
cannot guarantee future results, level of activity, performance, or
achievements. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking
statements. All information provided in this press release is as of today's
date, unless otherwise stated, and Canadian Solar undertakes no duty to update
such information, except as required under applicable law.

SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.

Website: http://www.canadiansolar.com
Contact: Investors: Ed Job, CFA, Director, Investor Relations, Canadian Solar
Solutions Inc., ir@canadiansolar.com; David Pasquale, Global IR Partners,
+1-914-337-8801, csiq@globalirpartners.com; Media: Canadian Solar, Songul
Atacan, Songul.atacan@na.canadiansolar.com, +1-415-512-0770; Schwartz MSL,
Darah Roslyn, canadiansolar@schwartzmsl.com
 
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