Canadian Solar Completes Sale of SparkleLight Solar Power Plant to BluEarth

GUELPH, Ontario, January 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies, today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions Inc., completed the sale of SparkleLight, a 10 megawatt ("MW") AC solar power plant to a subsidiary of BluEarth Renewables Inc. ("BluEarth"). SparkleLight, located in Beavertown, Ontario, is the third of four planned solar power plants being acquired by BluEarth from Canadian Solar. The facility is valued at approximately C$66 million (USD$57 million) and uses Canadian Solar’s CS6X-300/305P modules made in Canada.

"BluEarth is pleased to be expanding our renewable energy portfolio with the addition of the SparkleLight facility. This acquisition brings us one step closer to our goal of $1 billion of high-quality operating assets by 2017," said Kent Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer of BluEarth. "We value our relationship with Canadian Solar and look forward to continuing that relationship with the delivery of the LunarLight facility next year."

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, "We are pleased to announce the closing of the third utility-scale solar power plant to BluEarth Renewables, a private independent renewable power producer. The completion of the SparkleLight project highlights Canadian Solar’s position as a global leader in the solar energy solutions space. We look forward to continuing our successful partnership with BluEarth on the final project in the coming months."

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in Ontario, Canada, Canadian Solar is one of the world’s largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions, Canadian Solar has an industry leading and geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale solar power projects as well as a track record of successful solar deployment boasting over 8 GW of premium quality modules installed in over 70 countries during the past decade. Canadian Solar is committed to providing high-quality solar products and solar energy solutions to customers around the world. For more information about our company, products and projects please visit www.canadiansolar.com.

About BluEarth Renewables Inc.

Headquartered in Calgary, Canada, BluEarth is a private independent renewable power producer, focused on the acquisition, development, construction, and operation of wind, hydro, and solar projects in North America, with a primary focus in Canada. With one of the most experienced renewable energy development teams in Canada, BluEarth’s mission is to be the Canadian renewable energy leader by developing, building, and operating a portfolio that optimizes people, the planet, and profit. BluEarth believes it has the power to change the future by demonstrating how to be sustainable and profitable, leaving the world a better place. For more information, visit www.bluearth.ca.

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