The new solar power plant is expected to provide the equivalent, in terms of production capacity, to the average annual electricity consumption of 2,500 households.

PARIS, April 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ — Canadian Solar Inc. (the “Company”, “we” or “Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar companies, today announced that the Company has supplied 8 MW of solar modules to a solar power plant constructed by EOSOL Energies and the Caisse des depots et consignations in Villeneuve de Marsan, Aquitaine, France. The new solar power plant, inaugurated on April 18th is expected to provide the equivalent, in terms of production capacity, to the average annual electricity consumption of 2,500 households.

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EOSOL Energies Nouvelles and the Caisse des depots et consignations, grouped under the project company “SAS SOLANDES”, were inaugurating their first joint ground-mounted solar power project in Villeneuve de Marsan, located in the French department des Landes. For the new installation EOSOL is using 35,000 high-quality and high-performance Canadian Solar CS6P 230-Watt modules.

The ground-mounted solar plant at Villeneuve de Marsan has an installed capacity of more than 8 MW, representing the consumption of 2,500 households and preventing the emission of 9,180 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2).

In addition to EOSOL Energies Nouvelles and the Caisse des depots et des consignations, FORCLUM , a EIFFAGE group company, was responsible for the electrical installation and SIEMENS, for the supervision, conception and construction (inverters, the electrical system, system monitoring) of the plant.

The 2 nd EOSOL solar power plant in partnership with Canadian Solar

The installation of this solar power plant follows another EOSOL and Canadian Solar project, which was put into operation in late 2010. This 1st plant, with 6,000 square meters of solar panels installed in the town of Le Barp, in Aquitaine, France, delivers more than 230 KW of green energy.

M . Bruno BERNAL , President of EOSOL Group declared: This was a n easy decision for EOSOL EN to expand its relationship with Canadian Solar given its meticulous design and production techniques , which ensure a high-yield, long-term performance for their modules. Canadian Solar s solar panels have been field-tested to offer higher energy production and include a n industry-leadi ng plus power tolerance. This new plant , on 17 acres in Villeneuve de Marsan is an other important project in terms of output installed and corresponds to our common desire to continue our commitment and investment in green projects to generat e renewable energies.

D r. Shawn QU , Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar , sa id : This is another example of Canadian Solar s momentum in a strategic market , leveraging a relationship with a local partner. We are proud of our work with EOSOL and our ability to supp ort th is 8 MW solar plant project in Villeneuve de Marsan . Our partners have demonstrated their confidence in the quality, durability and performance of our photovoltaic panel s . Our six year product and 25 year performance warranty , which are jointly insured by leading insurance companies in Europe and the U.S . , provide our customers solid assurance and protection for their solar investments . This landmark service reflect s Canadian Solar s commitment to our customers and their peace of mind.

About EOSOL Energies Nouvelles

EOSOL Energies Nouvelles is a major player in the development, investment and production of energy from natural resources. Specializing in solar, wind energy, biomass and solar thermal energy, EOSOL EN benefits from the confidence of the Caisse des depots et consignations for the co-financing of their projects and has worked with the best partners in the industry (Eiffage Energie, Siemens, Ingeteam, Forclum Aquitaine…) to strengthen its expertise. Installed two years ago in the science and technology park in Laseris1 in Barp (33), EOSOL Energies Nouvelles is a young company from Aquitaine which, with more than EUR 20M in assets, presents itself as the leading regional producer of electricity from ground-mounted solar energy. For more information, please visit www.eosol-en.com.

About Canadian Solar

Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) 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, please visit www.canadiansolar.com.

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