Canadian Solar opens new microgrid testing facility in Ontario

Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ) said it has officially opened a new facility called Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Center to develop microgrid solutions and services. The testing center in Guelph, Ontario, was financed in part by the Ontario Ministry of Energy, PV Magazine reported. Canadian Solar will produce microgrid solutions for utilities, companies and other customers as the company aims to establish more smart grid projects.

"The Canadian Solar Microgrid Testing Center will serve as our newest addition to our Total Solutions strategy, and will help further strengthen our position in the emerging multi-billion dollar microgrid and smart grid sector," Shawn Qu, chief executive officer of Canadian Solar, said in a statement.

Liz Sandals, Ontario Minster of Education and member of the Provincial Parliament of Ontario representing Guelph, said the Smart Grid Fund project invested in Canadian Solar's center to help Ontario become a leader in new energy technology in North America.

"Building a smarter grid has long been a key part of our government's plan to modernize our energy infrastructure and provide clean, reliable affordable power to consumers," said Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Energy.

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