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Canadian Solar Receives OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001: 2004 Certifications For Its North American Factory

 Canadian Solar Receives OHSAS 18001:2007 and ISO 14001: 2004 Certifications
                        For Its North American Factory

PR Newswire

GUELPH, Ontario, July 17, 2013

GUELPH, Ontario, July 17, 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 Manufacturing Ontario Inc., has received the OHSAS 18001: 2007 health
and safety management system and ISO 14001: 2004 environmental management
system, certifications of conformance. The internationally recognized
certifications were authorized by TUV Rheinland, a premier global provider of
systems certification to a number of management system standards.

Canadian Solar opened its Guelph, Ontario manufacturing facility in January
2011.The facility is the largest solar panel module manufacturing plant in
Canada. Canadian Solar is part of a very select group of elite tier 1 PV
solar producers to implement a fully integrated 3 Tier management system
obtaining full compliance certification for the ISO 9001 Quality Standard, ISO
14001 Environmental Standard and the OHSAS 18001 Health and Safety System.
These certifications obtained by Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc. are
in addition to the module manufacturing facilities in China which are
certified to these certifications which are in good standing. As a result,
Canadian Solar has achieved international recognized high standard of
environmental, health and safety management for all of its facilities
globally.

Concurrently, Canadian Solar Manufacturing Ontario Inc., is now approved for
products listed on the British Board of Agrement (BBA) MCS certificate BBA
0030, supplying PV modules to the UK market as well.

http://www.bbacerts.co.uk/certificates.aspx?k=canadian+solar&ob=0&pg=1&

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said,
"We are pleased to achieve the important OHSAS and ISO certifications, which
both underscores our dedication to our employees' occupational health and
safety and demonstrates our commitment to reducing the use of hazardous
materials for the environment."

"What became very apparent with Canadian Solar was that the management team
was very much involved and took a keen interest in providing resources and
support to achieve the objective of registering an integrated environmental
and health and safety management system to ISO 14001:2004 and OHSAS
18001:2007," said Simone Robson, Lead Auditor at TUV Rheinland. "The facility
is truly a showpiece – clean and organized, with good use of visual management
tools. Importantly, the management and employees are highly experienced
professionals, knowledgeable, dedicated and really care about the environment,
health and safety."

About ISO 14001:2004

The cyclical nature of this management system further ensures all system
information is reviewed and updated at least annually. When streaming
operations, organizations often see monetary savings as a result of greater
operational efficiency and energy conservation, and reduction in use of
hazardous materials and generation of hazardous wastes. ISO 14001 gives people
an avenue to raise environmental issues and makes it clear that environmental
performance is an important part of the corporate culture. By reviewing the
procedures for controlling significant operations, including a review of
emergency preparedness and response procedures, organizations are able to
identify and implement significant safety improvements.

About OHSAS 18001:2007

OHSAS 18001 is an occupational health and safety management systems. It exists
to help organizations put in place demonstrably sound occupational health and
safety performance. It is widely seen as the world's most recognized
occupational health and safety management systems standard. The aim of the
OHSAS 18001 specification is to prevent, control and reduce hazards and risks
within the working environment. OHSAS 18001 certification will support
organizations in producing evidence of meeting their legal responsibilities
with regard to the health & safety of employees and due diligence. Other major
benefits include, reducing waste and increasing efficiency by increasing
access to insurance coverage at a reduced cost by having a management system
that includes risk minimization and planning.

About Canadian Solar

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.

About TUV Rheinland

Founded in 1872, TUV Rheinland is a global leader in independent testing,
inspection, and certification services, ensuring quality and safety for
people, the environment and technology in nearly all aspects of life. The
company maintains a presence in 500 locations spanning 65 countries employs
17,000 people and has annual revenues of $2 billion (€1.5 billion). TUV
Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees
projects and helps to shape processes for a wide variety of companies through
its worldwide network of approved labs, testing facilities and education
centers. Since 2006, the company has been a member of the United Nations
Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption. For more
information, visit www.tuv.com/us.

About British Board of Agrement (BBA)

The British Board of Agrement (BBA) is the UK`s major authority offering
approval and inspection services to manufacturers and installers supplying the
construction industry. Originally set up in 1966 by Government, but now an
independent non-profit distributing organization, the BBA certification and
inspection services are recognized by building control, local authorities,
industry insurers and key trade associations in the construction industry.

http://www.bbacerts.co.uk/about-us.aspx

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 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, including Canada; 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'sSECfilings,
including its annual report on Form 20-F filed onApril 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, andCanadian
Solarundertakes 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 Inc., ir@canadiansolar.com; David Pasquale, Global IR Partners,
csiq@globalirpartners.com, +1-914-337-8801; or Media -- Suzanne Wilson,
Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., +1-519-837-1881,
Suzanne.wilson@canadiansolar.com; Songul Atacan, Canadian Solar Inc., Director
of Marketing, Americas, songul.atacan@canadiansolar.com
 
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