Higher solar usage demands lower costs
Despite the wish of many people to transition to clean energy cost often prevents them from doing so. Which is why one solar panel manufacturer is doing everything in its power to keep costs a low as possible.
A global company and one of the world’s biggest manufacturers, Canadian Solar is able to make extremely cost-effective solar modules due to its advanced, highly-automated manufacturing techniques and sheer economies of scale.
“Making high quality PV modules at the lowest cost possible is the only way solar energy can become accessible to the great mass of people and, in turn, have a significant positive impact on the environment and climate change,” said Thomas Koerner, General Manager of Canadian Solar’s Americas division.
“This brings the protectionist policies some governments implement against low-cost modules into question because all they’re really doing is preventing access to affordable solar energy - at potentially vast long-term cost to the environment."
“It’s sometimes difficult to understand how the limited short-term benefits of protectionism make sense when weighed against the potentially enormous long-term benefits of low-cost solar panels,” added Koerner. He was speaking in reaction to recent policies implemented by Canadian authorities that will have the effect of making imports from China less price competitive than they were in the past
“Despite this Canadian Solar continues to offer some of the most competitively priced options on the market, which will continue to ensure strong demand for our modules,” said Canadian Solar’s Koerner, “And unlike smaller low-cost manufacturers, we have more than sufficient production capability to keep up with demand.”
The new Canadian import policies will not affect Canadian Solar as the company produces and supplies Ontario-made modules from two state-of-the-art module manufacturing facilities located in Canada. The manufacturing plants have a combined capacity of over 500 MW, which accounts for a significant proportion of the total 4 GW the company produces globally every year.
“Canadian Solar’s market outlook in 2015 remains bright. With our corporate resilience, technical expertise, diverse product portfolio, and industry-leading warranty, the company will align itself with the current economic conditions in Canada,” Koerner commented.
“Not only are we the top module manufacturer in North America, but our 10-year workmanship warranty and 25-year linear power output performance guarantee is backed by third-party insurers. This industry-leading warranty, along with the company’s proven track record and technical expertise, proves that Canadian Solar is an especially bankable brand that will continue to support the Ontario and Canadian solar markets in any way possible,” concluded Koerner.