Canadian Solar Receives C$139 Million Non-Recourse Construction Financing Agreement
GUELPH, Ontario, Canada, Dec. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that it has signed a financing agreement pursuant to which Deutsche Bank has agreed to provide C$139 million (US$139 million) in non-recourse, short-term construction financing to Canadian Solar for the construction of solar power projects in Ontario, Canada. The loans are expected to be repaid with the proceeds of the sale of the respective financed projects.
The loan facility is intended to support the simultaneous construction of five utility-scale solar power plants totaling 49 MW AC. Developed by Canadian Solar, the projects are expected to be built and connected through 2012 and 2013. All of the projects have been awarded a 20-year power purchase contract (the “FIT Contract”) by the Ontario Power Authority under the Ontario’s Feed- In-Tariff Program. As a part of Canadian Solar’s turnkey solar solutions, these projects will be acquired by TransCanada Corporation in accordance with the sales agreement announced in December of 2011.
Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, said, “We have systematically grown Canadian Solar’s project pipeline and total solutions business over the past few years by leveraging our global brand, established project infrastructure and excellent support services. Having, a strong and equally committed financial partner, will allow us to further accelerate development of our already robust project pipeline. Our current and prospective project partners will now have even higher confidence in working with Canadian Solar as we continue to successfully execute on our growth strategy.”
About Canadian Solar
Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the world’s largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global, sustainable development. For more information, visit www.canadiansolar.com.
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SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.