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.
UK WEATHER SERVICE PREDICTS SOLAR ENERGY FOR THE NEXT 25 YEARS, AT LEAST
The United Kingdom’s national weather service, the MET office, has installed Canadian Solar’s famously reliable CS6P-M modules at its Exeter Headquarters.
As a world-renowned provider of 24/7 weather, climate and environmental forecasts and research, the Met Office’s Exeter HQ Energy Centre sought a reliable source of clean energy that would reduce CO2 emissions and complement their existing sustainability initiatives.
They decided on a 1000 module, 250 kWp rooftop PV system from Canadian Solar, not least because the panels have a 25-year warranty and have proven themselves to be dependable under widely varying weather conditions at locations around the world. The new system is already generating around 1,000 kWhs of electricity per day - enough to meet the demand of one of the organization’s three supercomputers used to carry out research into climate change.
Installed by SunGift Solar, a renewable energy specialist offering customized solutions in the UK, this PV system is one of the largest rooftop installations in the UK. “When you’re carrying out thousands of installations every year, you need top quality modules from a manufacturer that has a trusted global reputation,” said Gabriel Wondrausch, Managing Director of SunGift Solar.
“That is why we specify Canadian Solar modules for many of our jobs. They have that distinctive quality – bankability – which gives us absolute confidence that the modules will continue to perform at a high level and give consistent results throughout their lifetime,” he said.
SunGift’s team of installers took just five days to install the Canadian Solar modules while the whole installation took about six weeks - about one and a half weeks ahead of schedule. The installation is also linked to an electricity management system that allows for real-time monitoring of the panels’ performance. And it will generate an estimated 221,000 kW hours of electricity per year and help avoid the production of around 116 tons of carbon emissions annually.