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July 15, 2009

Canadian Solar’s PV Reliability Testing Center Receives Accreditation From CNAS for Conformity of ISO/IEC17025

Filed under: CSIQ — Tags: , , , , — Jason @ 8:00 am

Wednesday July 15, 2009, 8:00 am EDT

Canadian Solar Inc. (“the Company”, “Canadian Solar” or “we”) (CSIQ) today announced that it recently has received accreditation from the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (“CNAS”) for Canadian Solar’s state-of-the-art photovoltaic reliability testing center in Changshu, China.

CNAS is China’s national accreditation body, solely responsible for the accreditation of certification, laboratory and inspection organizations. CNAS is also part of the international accreditation multilateral recognition system, and the accreditation body member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF), the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation (PAC), the signatory to IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) and PAC MLA, as well as the accreditation body member of the International Laboratory Accreditation

Dr. Shawn Qu, the Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar remarked, “I am very proud and honored that our photovoltaic reliability testing center has achieved accreditation for conformity to ISO/IEC17025, the highest international accreditation standard, usually only available for standard and calibration laboratories. This is one of the first PV manufacturer-owned photovoltaic testing labs in the world to receive such an accreditation. Canadian Solar is known in the solar industry for producing high quality PV modules and for our uncompromised production process control. This accreditation is another demonstration of our in-depth knowledge in photovoltaic manufacturing, our exceptional testing capability and our expertise in quality management.”

Located in Changshu, China, the Company’s state-of-the-art photovoltaic reliability testing center is one of the largest in the world with total combined indoor and outdoor testing space of more than 2,000 sqm. The photovoltaic reliability testing center is equipped with cutting edge test equipment, such as walk-in climate chambers, mechanical load and hail testers, pulse and continuous solar simulators, electroluminescence testers and first class infrared cameras to test every aspect of module quality and reliability. All tests are handled following the procedures and standards set out for IEC61215 and IEC61730-2.

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