Canadian Solar, Strata team up on 18 MW in North Carolina

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) said July 19 it has completed construction of two utility-scale solar power projects in North Carolina, with a third expected to be completed in mid -July.

The projects, named Lenoir 1, Lenoir 2 and Wilson 1, total 18 MW and are part of a planned 15-project portfolio totaling 85MW, being jointly developed with North Carolina-based Strata Solar.

In total, the latest three solar power projects use approximately 40,608 Canadian Solar CS6P-P 245 and 19,896 CS6P-P 250 Watt solar modules.

Once connected to the grid, they are together expected to create enough renewable energy to power 2,500 homes and will divert 13,250 metric tons of CO2 per year, the equivalent of removing 3,944 cars from the road.

The first Canadian Solar and Strata Solar joint solar power plant commissioned was Fuquay Farm, a more than 6 MW DC project located in Middle Creek, Willow Springs in Wake County, North Carolina. The project broke ground in November 2012 and was connected to the grid March 2013.

“We are pleased with the speed at which our first four projects have come online and look forward to working closely with Strata Solar on the rest of our portfolio of projects in North Carolina,” said Canadian Solar Chairman and CEO Shawn Qu, PhD, in a July 9 statement.

“We are thrilled to be partnered with Canadian Solar to further bolster our long term employment record in the state while fostering environmental responsibility and bringing even more clean energy to North Carolina,” said Strata Solar CEO Markus Wilhelm.

Canadian Solar describes itself as a top 4 global module supplier in 2012 and a leading vertically integrated provider of various solar industry products.

Strata Solar LLC is a leading provider of complete solar energy systems and installations. Strata Solar has over 150 MW installed and more than 1 GW under development.


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