Canadian Solar Inc. ("Canadian Solar") (NASDAQ: CSIQ), today announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Recurrent Energy, LLC ("Recurrent Energy"), has received unanimous approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission on the build-transfer agreement ("BTA") with Entergy Mississippi on April 14.
The BTA has a base purchase price of approximately $138.4 million with Entergy Mississippi on the 100 megawatt ("MWac") Sunflower solar photovoltaic project. With the signing of this BTA, one of the first signed in the U.S., Entergy will own the largest solar power plant in the state of Mississippi.
"We would like to thank the Commission for its approval of this build-and-transfer agreement that will allow us to move ahead with the Sunflower project," said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar. "This agreement with Entergy is another milestone that underscores Recurrent Energy's leadership position in the U.S. solar development space. We are proud to do our part to expand the use of clean renewable energy from the sun in Mississippi, and to advance the goal of building an environmentally-friendly, low-carbon future."
Recurrent Energy will develop the 100 MWac Sunflower solar project, located on approximately 1,000 acres of land in Sunflower County, Mississippi. The project will use high-efficiency modules from Canadian Solar and single-axis trackers. Construction of the solar plant is expected to create approximately 360 jobs and the plant will begin commercial operation by mid-2022. Once operational, Entergy Mississippi will own the Sunflower project, allowing the regulated utility to power more than 16,000 homes with clean electricity.
"Once the Sunflower Solar Facility is complete, we'll be able to offer renewable energy as part of our customers' energy mix," said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi President and Chief Executive Officer. "This facility represents one more way we are building the utility of the future."
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About Recurrent Energy
Recurrent Energy is a leading utility-scale solar and storage project developer, delivering competitive, clean electricity to large energy buyers. Based in the U.S., Recurrent Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. and functions as Canadian Solar's U.S. project development arm. Recurrent Energy has approximately 5 GW of solar and storage projects in development in the U.S. Additional details are available at www.recurrentenergy.com.
About Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar was founded in 2001 in Canada and is one of the world's largest solar power companies. It is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules and provider of solar energy solutions and has a geographically diversified pipeline of utility-scale solar power projects in various stages of development. Over the past 19 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 40 GW of premium-quality, solar photovoltaic modules to customers in over 150 countries. Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar industry, having been publicly listed on NASDAQ since 2006. For additional information about the Company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit www.canadiansolar.com.
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