Canadian Solar Energizes Five Solar Power Plants in the United Kingdom

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Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it has energized an additional five solar power plants, totaling 22.9 MWp, bringing its total fleet of solar power plants in operation in the United Kingdom to 63.1 MWp.

Three solar power plants, Royston Solar Park, Wick Road Solar Park and Pant-Y-Moch Solar Park are being developed under the community scheme, with a commercial component totaling 14.7 MWp energized in the fourth quarter of 2015, and a community solar component totaling 12.5 MWp that is expected to be connected to the grid in the first half of 2016 allowing community investors to benefit from large scale PV system development in the United Kingdom.

Two other solar power plants, Long Meadow Solar Farm and Slade Solar Farm, totaling 8.2 MWp have been connected to the grid in the fourth quarter of 2015 under the Renewable Obligations Certificate (ROCs) program.

The five commercial solar plants connected to the grid in the fourth quarter of 2015 (22.9 MWp) will produce approximately 23,953 megawatt-hours of electricity per year, which will displace approximately 16,517 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.

“We are delighted to announce the grid connection of an additional five projects, bringing our fleet of solar power plants in commercial operation in the UK to 63.1 MWp,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. “We are proud to make our contribution to the adoption of clean solar energy in the UK, while at the same time creating lasting value for our shareholders.”

The Royston Solar Park, located in Roystone, Hertfordshire, has a total system size of 10.0 MWp, including 5.0 MWp commercial project that is in operation and a 5.0 MWp community project, which will be built and energized in the first half of 2016. The Wick Road Solar Park, located in Somerset, has a total system size of 7.2 MWp, including 4.7 MWp commercial project in operation and a 2.5 MWp community project, which will be built and energized in the first half of 2016. The Pant-Y-Moch Solar Park, located in Port Talbot has a total system size of 10.0 MWp, including a 5.0 MWp commercial project in operation and a 5.0 MWp community project, which will be built and energized in the first half of 2016. The Long Meadow Solar Farm, located in Bedfordshire has a total system size of 4.1 MWp and lastly, Slade Solar Farm, located in Devon, has a total system size of 4.1 MWp.

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