Canadian Solar | What You Need To Know

 

Canadian Solar Inc, was founded by Shawn Qu in 2011, with branches in over 24 countries. With offices and warehouses located in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Korea, Japan, Israel, South Africa, U.A.E, Spain, Italy, Germany and Australia they have a well built international presence.

Canadian Solar employs almost 9,000 workers worldwide, containing two manufacturing facilities in Ontario. In the past 15 years, they’ve shipped 16 GW of panels or approximately 70 million PV modules.

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Canadian Solar panels offer panel efficiency rates of up to 16.42%.

Canadian Solar Products:

Canadian Solar provides solar products like solar modules, solar power systems, off-grid solar home systems, and other solar-related products.

With more than 6 years of experience in developing PV projects worldwide, Canadian Solar provides hassle-free handling of the deployment of photovoltaic project systems that range from a hundred kilowatts to megawatts.

What Canadian Solar Sets Apart:
  • Canadian Solar has power production capabilities up to 315W.
  • They offer 10 year product warranty and 25 year linear performance warranty.
  • Selected modules are capable for sea/water side installations.
  • The standard modules of Canadian Solar are powered by 156 x 156mm(6 inch) mono-crystalline or poly-crystalline solar cells.
  • Most of their panels are capable of working well in harsh environments, including heavy snow & high wind loads.
What Should You Do?

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Understanding Batteries

Off-Grid Systems

For some households a battery system can be of great benefit and minimise a home’s reliance on the grid. However, it’s important to understand for a battery to be useful your solar system needs to be generating excess energy for the battery to store, which you can then use at night or when the sun is not out.

When selecting a battery, you’ll want to invest in a system that is most suited to your home and can drive the best return on investment (ROI). Despite a larger upfront cost, a higher quality battery may significantly increase your ROI.

    Battery systems start from $6,000 and costs can vary greatly based on the following factors:

  1. Cycle Life-Time

    The number of times a battery can fully charge and discharge.

  2. Battery Power (kW)

    How fast it can be charged or discharged.

  3. Storage Capacity (kWh)

    The maximum amount of energy a battery system can store.

  4. Battery Management System (BMS)

    An electronic ‘smart’ system that gathers data and manages the battery ensuring it does not overload or operate outside of its safe functioning zone..

  5. Inverter

    Battery systems require their own inverter if your solar system does not have a hybrid inverter.

  6. 'All-In-One Unit’

    A system which includes the battery, BMS and an inverter all in one unit.

  7. Warranty

    Length of time or cycles the battery system is under guarantee.

  8. Blackout Protection/Backup

    It’s important to note this is not a common feature of a battery system and could cost thousands of dollars to include. Blackout protection not only requires additional components but also a specialised installation and rewiring. For grid-connected homes, the cost for blackout protection can outweigh the benefit.

Additionally, if your purpose for adding battery is to go Off-Grid and become completely independent from the grid you will need to ensure your solar system can generate enough energy to power your home and your battery system is large enough to store this energy. For homes in metro areas going Off-grid is not cost effective and is only recommended for those in remote areas with limited access to the grid. Off-grid solar systems with battery start at approximately $30,000.
 

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