Photovoltaic: solar energy plant development in Ontario

Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world’s largest solar power companies and Bank of China (Canada) and Bank of China, New York Branch ("Bank of China"), one of the world’s largest banks, today announced that they have signed a ground breaking financing agreement to provide a C$120 Million construction loan facility for solar power plants in Ontario, Canada. The loan facility will be used to support the construction of solar power projects owned by Canadian Solar and which are expected to be built during 2012, 2013, and into 2014.

"We are delighted to announce this agreement with Bank of China, a long time banking partner to Canadian Solar. Their strength and reputation as a global bank combined with their competitive terms makes them an ideal partner to support the growth of our project business in Ontario. This agreement also represents an important step towards our goal of generating over 40% of our revenue from total solutions in 2013 and beyond," said Shawn Qu, Canadian Solar’s Chairman and CEO.

Canadian Solar continues to source innovative new banking partners to finance its Ontario and its global pipelines and initiatives.

Bank of China was formally established in February 1912 and until 1949 served consecutively as the country’s central bank, international exchange bank and specialist international trade bank. In 1994 the bank transformed from a foreign exchange specialist bank into a state owned commercial bank. Bank of China was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the Shanghai Stock Exchange in June and July of 2006 respectively, becoming the first commercial bank to achieve a dual listing in these markets. Through its commitment to serving the public and developing China’s financial services sector, Bank of China has risen to a leading position in the Chinese as well as global financial community.

Canadian Solar Inc. is one of the world’s largest solar companies. As a leading vertically integrated provider of ingots, wafers, solar cells, solar modules and other solar applications, Canadian Solar designs, manufactures and delivers solar products and solar system solutions for on-grid and off-grid use to customers worldwide. With operations in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia, Canadian Solar provides premium quality, cost-effective and environmentally-friendly solar solutions to support global, sustainable development.