Canadian Solar Donates PV Modules to Power the OrcaLab Whale Research Centre

 Canadian Solar Donates PV Modules to Power the OrcaLab Whale Research Centre

PR Newswire

GUELPH, Ontario and HANSON BAY, British Columbia, May 14, 2013

GUELPH, Ontario and HANSON BAY, British Columbia, May 14, 2013
/PRNewswire-Firstcall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) (the "Company",
or "Canadian Solar"), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today
announced that its subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., has donated
solar modules, which are now powering a world-renowned OrcaLab Whale Research
Centre ("OrcaLab") on a remote island off the British Columbia coast near
Alert Bay.

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OrcaLab has been recording the Johnson Strait whales for more than four
decades. Founder, Dr. Paul Spong and his wife Helena Symonds have spearheaded
global research which confirms orca "clans" have distinct, highly
sophisticated dialects. This scientific evidence in turn has led to bans
against commercial orca hunting, and to the creation of nearby orca
sanctuaries.

"The solar installation is performing beyond our expectations," said Dr. Paul
Spong a whale expert and advocate. "We are now running all of our power needs
without a generator, and looking forward to a future here without oil. We are
so grateful to Canadian Solar for everything they have done for us."

The new donated solar system allows the off-grid OrcaLab to cut gas generator
use and fuel costs dramatically, increase battery performance and life, expand
the range of microphones and cameras, and improve amenities for summer
volunteers. The system is designed to perform with minimal maintenance for
many decades to come. In addition, the panels will power the main OrcaLab
site, and a network of underwater microphones and cameras which will track
migrating orca whale and other marine animals. 

"We are honored to be involved in the ground breaking OrcaLab foundation's
noble orca whale research," said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian
Solar. "We are proud to be able to help advance the team's ambitious work
through this latest exciting application of solar energy. As an industry
leader, Canadian Solar strives to also lead in our philanthropic efforts with
organizations around the world."

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Canada, 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, South 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

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in utility-scale project construction; shortage in supply of materials or
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litigation and other risks as described in the Company'sSECfilings,
including its annual report on Form 20-F filed onApril 26, 2013. Although the
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SOURCE Canadian Solar

Website: http://www.canadiansolar.com
Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., Suzanne Wilson,
Suzanne.wilson@na.canadiansolar.com, +1-519-837-1881
 
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