EDF Renewables Orders Canadian Solar’s U.S. Manufactured Modules for 7 GW Output

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Canadian Solar Inc. and EDF Renewables North America have signed a multi-year agreement aimed delivering up to 7 GW through high-efficiency N-type TOPCon solar modules. The collaboration pertains to Canadian Solar’s state-of-the-art facility in Mesquite, Texas, dedicated to producing these advanced modules.


As per the agreement, Canadian Solar will supply EDF Renewables with its latest high-efficiency N-Type TOPCon (Tunnel Oxide Passivated Contact) solar modules, championing the support of EDF Renewables’ U.S. project pipeline spanning from 2024 to 2030. These TOPCon modules align with Canadian Solar’s core objective of maximizing customer return on investment. Boasting remarkable attributes such as conversion efficiencies of up to 22.5%, a minimal temperature coefficient of -0.30%/degrees C, reduced LID (Light Induced Degradation) contributing to lower power degradation, and heightened bifaciality compared to Mono-PERC modules, they significantly enhance energy production capabilities.
Canadian Solar’s investment of over $250 million into a cutting-edge solar photovoltaic module factory in Mesquite, Texas, was announced in July 2023. With a projected annual output of 5 GW and the creation of approximately 1,500 skilled jobs upon full operation, this facility is slated to commence production in Q4 2023.

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Mr. Tristan Grimbert, President and CEO of EDF Renewables North America, said, “The module supply agreement demonstrates our commitment to domestic sourcing and represents a pivotal step for EDF Renewables, enabling us to achieve key milestone dates and execute a schedule for the construction of our robust solar pipeline. We are genuinely excited about our capacity to develop and build solar projects utilizing ‘Made-in-USA’ solar modules aligning with IRA guidelines. This substantial commitment enhances our ability to minimize risks linked to trade uncertainties and supply chain fluctuations, ultimately propelling our projects towards successful realization.


He added, “Today we solidify our existing partnership, formed in 2019, and also demonstrate our confidence in Canadian Solar. It is a testament to our shared commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions to decarbonize the grid.”

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar commented, “This agreement is a testament of the strong relationship and long history of cooperation between our two companies at a global level in the U.S. and in Brazil. We are excited to work with EDF Renewables North America as we bring a stable supply of clean and reliable solar energy to the U.S. market, powered by solar modules made locally, under the backdrop of the Inflation Reduction Act. We look forward to further collaborations and investments contributing to a more global, sustainable, and resilient clean energy supply chain.”

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