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Robben Island Solar System Sheds Light on Legacy of Nelson Mandela

Canadian Solar is the proud supplier of 666.4 kW of solar PV modules for the iconic solar project on Robben Island, near Cape Town in South Africa. Robben Island is a high-security prison where Nelson Mandela was jailed for 18 years. 

The microgrid solar project has been designed and constructed by SOLAR Future Energy, the EPC partner of the Department of Tourism, using CS6U-340M Canadian Solar modules. The official solar system inauguration took place on Robben Island on October 19th, 2017. Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman, President and CEO Canadian Solar Inc. was invited as guest of honor by SOLA Future Energy and the Department of Tourism of South Africa.

The solar PV farm consists of 1960 Canadian Solar CS6U-340M high-efficiency modules with a total of 666.4 kW power supply.

"It is my great honor to have been invited to the opening of the Robben Island Solar Park, as this island is closely linked to the history of South Africa and Nelson Mandela and his vision for a better future. Canadian Solar would like to take our share in the promotion of solar energy and to pave the way forward to a greener and more sustainable future in Africa." commented Dr. Shawn Qu