San Jose, CA, May 30, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- Canadian Solar Inc. ("the Company," "Canadian Solar" or "we") (Nasdaq: CSIQ), a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module and other solar applications, and Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) today announced the completion of the 1.12 megawatt (MW) roof-mount photovoltaic (PV) solar electric system on the airport’s new 3,350-space, seven-story rental car center and public parking garage directly in front of Terminal B.
Featuring Canadian Solar’s high-performance modules, this new large-scale solar installation is part of the SJC Terminal Area Improvement Program, the comprehensive $1.3 billion initiative to modernize and replace much of the airport’s terminal facilities.
The Canadian Solar installation will have a projected annual output of 1,713,000 kWh, which is expected to provide enough power to offset at least 20 percent of the new garage’s lighting load.
“San José is the epicenter of solar energy adoption, and the SJC is demonstrating its leadership and commitment to renewable energy with this solar installation. We are proud to provide our power-efficient, high-quality modules for this pivotal installation as part of the airport’s modernization program,” said Mike Miskovsky, U.S. general manager of Canadian Solar, Inc.
Consisting of 4,680 Canadian Solar CS5P monocrystalline modules, the solar array spans 3.4 acres across the garage roof. It is the largest municipal solar array in San José to date and one of the largest airport solar electric installations in the United States. It will enable SJC to curtail the release of 1,284 tons of carbon dioxide each year. The environmental impact of the system is the equivalent of removing 235 passenger vehicles from the road or the amount of carbon that 6,422 trees would sequester annually.
Canadian Solar CS module series is one of the highest ranking in the industry in PV USA (PTC) ratings, which are quickly becoming universally accepted standards for measuring real-world module energy production and performance. The CS modules offer high-yield, long-term performance, and superior efficiency and reliability, to meet the highest standards in the world.
“San Jose is leading the way for sustainable design and operations of airports across the nation,” said Bill Sherry, SJC director of aviation. “We know that our community, our airline partners and our passengers all want us to be the most cost-efficient and energy-efficient airport as possible, and this solar installation helps us achieve that goal.”
Rosendin Electric Inc., based in San José, is a 100 percent employee-owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider that consistently ranks in the top five electrical contractors in the United States. In partnership with the company’s lead project contractor, Hensel Phelps Construction Co., Rosendin engineered and installed SJC’s rooftop solar electric project in record time with Canadian Solar modules.
The SJC solar electric system will go live in June 2010, when the airport opens its new Terminal B and rental car center for full-scale operations. The rental car center is a true pioneer among parking structures, featuring a unique stacked “quick-turn-around” facility that includes indoor fueling stations, carwash racks and a central rental car business center. The QTA facility allows SJC rental car companies to fuel and wash vehicles without leaving the garage, thus reducing cars from airport and community roadways, and reducing fuel consumption and vehicle emissions.
About Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ)
Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the world's largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module 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 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.
U.S. offices: 12657 Alcosta Blvd, Suite 140, San Ramon, CA 94583
About Rosendin Electric Inc.
Rosendin Electric, Inc., headquartered in San José, California, is a 100 percent employee-owned electrical engineering, power and communications provider that consistently ranks in the top five electrical contractors in the United States. Its 3,000 employees have built upon a 90-year reputation for quality installations nationally, with branch offices in San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Sacramento, CA; Tempe, AZ; Hillsboro, OR; Las Vegas, NV; and Arlington, VA. To keep pace with today's innovative high-tech business climate, Rosendin Electric Inc. strives to remain on the cutting edge of electrical technology. It attributes its success to building strategic partnerships and ensuring complete customer satisfaction. For additional information on Rosendin Electric, please visit www.rosendin.com.
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For Canadian Solar
Mineta San José International Airport
SJC Communications Director
Rosendin Electric Inc.