Canadian Solar, Strata Solar partner on utility scale solar energy projects

Canadian Solar Inc. invested in and partnered with Strata Solar on a suite of utility-scale solar power projects in North Carolina. The projects, developed jointly, will total about 85 MW divided among 15 solar energy installations.

The first project to be commissioned is Fuquay Farm, a 6.4 MW DC project located in Middle Creek, Willow Springs in Wake County, N.C. The project broke ground in November 2012 and will be commissioned by the end of February. Once up and running it is expected to create enough renewable energy to power 750 homes and will divert 8.8 million pounds of carbon dioxide per year.

The portfolio of 15 solar power projects mainly consist of 6 MW utility scale solar energy farms, but will also include a 1 MW rooftop solar system and a 3 MW solar farm. The construction will be staggered throughout the year with the entire portfolio set for completion by the end of 2013. During the first year of operation, the energy produced by the portfolio will be equivalent to removing about 17,067 passenger cars from the road.

Canadian Solar Inc. is a 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.

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