Canadian Solar Power Sale

Canadian Solar completes the sale of two solar power plants in China to Shenzhen Energy

Canadian Solar Inc., one of the world's largest solar power companies,  announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, CSI New Energy Holding Co. has completed the sale of two solar power plants in Jiangsu Province, China to Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy Group Co., for approximately US$32.2 million. The transaction was closed on 30 December 2016 and the Company expects to recognise the difference between the sales proceeds and the book value of the projects under 'Other income (expenses)' in the income statement for the fourth quarter of 2016.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar, commented, "We are delighted to have closed the sale of two more solar power plants in China. This is another important milestone, as we continue to monetise our quality solar project assets in China and other countries. We look forward to deepening our strategic partnership with Shenzhen Energy for more opportunities in the future."

About Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co.

Shenzhen Energy Nanjing Holding Co., Ltd. invests, constructs, and operates new energy and conventional energy projects. It operates as a subsidiary of Shenzhen Energy, a listed and state-owned company in China.

About Canadian Solar Inc.

Founded in 2001 in 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 also has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale power projects in various stages of development. In the past 16 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 17 GW of premium quality modules to over 90 countries around the world. Furthermore, Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006.

Looking Forward

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Factors that could cause actual results to differ include general business and economic conditions and the state of the solar industry; governmental support for the deployment of solar power, future available supplies of high-purity silicon, demand for end-use products by consumers and inventory levels of such products in the supply chain and changes in demand from major markets such as Japan, the US, India and China.