Canadian Solar Signs Loan Agreement with Harvest North Star Capital for the Development of its Solar Power Projects in Japan

Dec 09, 2013, 07:00 ET from Canadian Solar Inc.

GUELPH, Ontario, Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has signed a $40 million loan agreement with Harvest North Star Capital ("Harvest North Star" or "HNSC"). The loan facility is split into 3 tranches, with the drawdown of the first tranche expected in December of 2013. The loan facility will be used to finance the development of several ground-mounted solar power projects in Japan totaling around 145.1 MWdc, with approximately 40-50 MWdc expected to start construction during the first half of 2014.

"We are delighted to have the support from Harvest North Star for developing our solar power project pipeline in this important market. This loan agreement demonstrates that we are on track to execute on our Japanese solar project pipeline, consolidate our position as a leading solar energy solutions provider on a global basis, and extend the visibility into our business results well into the future," said Dr. Shawn Qu, President, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar.

"As one of the first dedicated structured finance funds in China, we are pleased to be Canadian Solar's financial partner providing innovative financing solutions in this fast growing market," said Peter Tsao, Founding and Managing Partner of Harvest North Star.

About Harvest North Star Capital

Harvest North Star Capital specializes in structured finance solution serving Chinese companies as well as multinational firms with operation in China. HNSC provides onshore RMB and USD structured financing leveraging a wide variety of asset classes such as renewable energy, unsecured consumer loan, small-medium enterprises loan, cinema receipt, automotive and construction equipment. HNSC is joint-venture formed between Harvest Alternative Investments and a team of financing professionals led by Peter Tsao. Harvest Alternative Investments is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvest Fund Management Group in China.

About Canadian Solar

Founded in 2001 in Canada, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) is one of the world's largest and foremost solar power companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of solar modules, specialized solar products and solar power plants with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar has delivered more than 5GW of premium quality solar modules to customers in over 70 countries. Canadian Solar is committed to improve the environment and dedicated to provide advanced solar energy products, solutions and services to enable sustainable development around the world. For more information, please visit

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SOURCE Canadian Solar Inc.