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Canadian Solar Selected for 367 MW Solar Projects in the Energy Auction in Mexico

Canadian Solar Inc. (the "Company", or "Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), one of the world's largest solar power companies, today announced that it has won 367 MWp of solar power projects
in Aguascalientes, Hermosillo and Obregón, Mexico in the country's third Long-term Auction for renewables held on November 15, 2017.  

Canadian Solar will develop and build three projects, totaling 367 MWp. Once connected to the grid, the electricity generated will be sold to the Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement for Energy and 20-year for Clean Energy Certificates (CELs) at an average price of US$21/MWh. The projects are expected to be connected to the grid around June 2020.

The off-taker CFE purchased 5,492,575 MWh, 5,952,575 CELs, and 593 MW of clean energy in this auction. A total of 46 economic bids were submitted with price declined by 38% than the auction price in 2016. The clean energy projects awarded in this auction have a combined capacity of 2,730 MW.  Solar PV was the main contributor, accounting for 55% of the total winning projects. 

"We are delighted to win an additional 367 MWp of solar projects in Mexico, which expands our late-stage solar project pipeline in the country to 435 MWp," commented Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. "We will continue to develop and deliver more quality solar projects in Mexico, while contributing to the government's goal of increasing electricity generated from clean energy sources to 35 percent by 2024 and 50 percent by 2050."

About Canadian Solar
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 24 GW of premium quality modules to over 100 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.

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