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Canadian solar firm completes “historic” 30MW rooftop PV project in China

PV developer Canadian Solar finishes rooftop installation spanning 129 buildings in Suzhou city

Canadian Solar installed PV modules across 200,000sqm of steel and 300,000sqm of concrete rooftops.

A Canadian solar developer has completed installation of a 30MW rooftop PV project in Eastern China. The rooftop PV installation spans 129 buildings in Suzhou city. Developer Canadian Solar has said the PV project is "historic in its size, complexity and scale."

Canadian Solar installed its CS6P-245P's PV modules across 200,000sqm of steel and 300,000sqm of concrete rooftops for the project. The company said it expects electric generation of the rooftop installation will be around 32.3mKWh for the first year, and 730KWh over the next 25 years. Over the 25-year period, the firm expects the rooftop installation to reduce carbon emissions from Suzhou by over 730 thousand tons. 

The rooftop PV project is part of China's Golden Sun programme. Set up by the government in July 2009, the programme provides upfront subsidies for companies constructing grid-connected rooftop and BIPV systems in China to benefit citizens and businesses.

Dr Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar emphasised the importance of the rooftop PV project in building the company's relationship with the BRIC country.

He said: "Canadian Solar has built a strong position in China given our manufacturing history there and enjoys the support of a number of financial institutions and development partners. We intend to leverage our leadership position, global brand and reputation for quality solar power project development, as the China market continues to develop into one of the world's largest markets for solar power over the next few years." 

The news from Canadian Solar marks a continued rise in rooftop PV installations this year, such as from China PV manufacturer JinkoSolar. The company announced in March its first 100kWp distributed rooftop photovoltaic power generation system for UK power management firm Eaton Electric.