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CSI delivers BIPV modules for Beijing Olympics

Posted: 23 Jun 2008 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:BIPV modules? building integrated photovoltaics? solar cell?

Canadian Solar Inc. (CSI) has completed the delivery of 66kW of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) modules for the lamp posts along the Olympic Boulevard from the "Bird's Nest", the main stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, to the Olympic Square in China.

Over its 25-year operating lifespan, the solar power system, with modules horizontally placed for aesthetic purpose, will generate more than 1,925,000kWh of power and reduce CO2 emissions by more than 2,750 tons. The BIPV project sits right on the axis of Beijing , symbolizing the nation's increasing commitment to sustainable development.

"We are very pleased to have won this contract and be a part of the 2008 Olympics," said Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. "BIPV directly applies solar technology to architecture, which is a fast growing area of solar applications. Given CSI's experience in specialty solar modules and customized solar system design, we are ready to bring our expertise to many other future BIPV projects. China is on its way towards becoming a major solar market, and this contract will help us improve our already strong foothold in the market."

China instituted its "Renewable Energy Law" in 2006, making it mandatory for the State Electric Grid to connect to solar power and pay favorable feed-in tariffs. The execution procedure for this law, however, has yet to be released.

In August 2007, China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) published its national development strategy for renewable energy. According to the strategy, China targets to install 300MW cumulative solar generation capacity by 2010 and 1.8GW by 2020.

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