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Canadian Solar, Inc. (CSIQ) Passes Two High Voltage Tests

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Canadian Solar announced that the company has passed two high voltage endurance tests conducted by the Photovoltaic Institute (NASDAQ:PI) Berlin and PV Evolution Labs. The products tested were Canadian Solar's CS5-mono-series and CS6-poly-series.

Canadian Solar is focused on being an integrated provider of ingot, wafer, solar cell, solar module, and other solar applications. The company designs and manufactures solar power components and systems to customers worldwide, with operations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

During the tests, the Canadian Solar modules were subjected to a negative socket voltage of 1,000 volt, with the grounded module front covered by a layer of water or aluminum foil. When the before-and-after performance rates were measured, the Canadian Solar module rate was seen to be higher than 98 percent following the endurance test; the company requested that PI Berlin double the standard stress time for further quality assurance. The modules received Potential Induced Degradation (NASDAQ:PID) Class A. PID is gaining solar industry attention, and although no industry test standards exist, Canadian Solar has worked with PV Evolution to create such a set of standards.

Shawn Qu, chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar, said, "Such tests provide an important measure of orientation to our customers. The results demonstrate that they can count on the high quality of our products. We believe that we have some of the most advanced and highest quality products available in the market today. One of the reasons for this is that we have never shied away from investing into this area. This has now paid off."

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