LONGi looks to grow presence in Canadian solar market

Canada Solar industry

The No. 1 module supplier by capacity is further expanding its global reach. LONGi says it will be growing its presence in the Canadian solar market, anticipating its Canadian order book will double in size in 2023. In addition the company plans to hire new team members to support the growing business. If you’re in Canada, you can hear more about these plans this week at the Electricity Transformation Canada (ETC) show taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

As part of the expansion, LONGi is bringing its flagship distributed solar module for the Canadian residential and commercial sectors—the Hi-MO 5 54-cell module. LONGi is accepting orders for the high-performance 415-watt monofacial module from its Canadian distribution partners, with first deliveries slated for late Q1 2023.

Based on the same M10 182-mm monocrystalline wafer technology used in the company’s market leading large-format utility-scale 72-cell modules, the Hi-MO 5 54-cell module delivers superior power generation, consistent performance, high module efficiency and reduced system costs with an aesthetic appearance for rooftop distributed generation (DG) projects. Like other LONGi modules, its robust mechanical design make it a reliable choice to deal with large snow loads, subzero temperatures, hail and other adverse weather conditions encountered in Canada.

The module’s availability bolsters LONGi’s already strong order pipeline in Canada.

“LONGi has a strong presence in the Canadian market, where we work with all the major DG distributors as well as some of the largest energy companies on the utility project side,” said Steven Chan, General Manager of LONGi North America. “The Canadian solar sector is experiencing exponential growth, especially in Alberta, with other provinces such as Ontario also poised for gigawatt-scale capacity additions. The combination of availability, quality, reliability and competitive pricing along with the full attention of our dedicated team positions LONGi well in this rapidly expanding market.”

Canada’s total renewables capacity is expected to expand from 19.6 GW in 2021 to almost 45 GW in 2025, driven primarily by growth in onshore wind and solar energy projects, according to Rystad Energy. Significant large-scale projects in Alberta are scheduled to come online this year that will push the province’s capacity to close to 10 GW before 2023—a total that will double again by 2025, reaching almost 21 GW, nearly half of Canada’s overall market.

The LONGi team will be out in force at ETC this week in partnership with the Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA) and other show organizers.

  • The company is hosting a lounge on the show floor and a happy hour at the October 26 opening reception, and will be co-sponsoring the Renewables UnWind networking event on October 27.
  • LONGi modules will also be displayed in the Polaron (#415) and BayWa r.e. (#215) booths.
  • LONGi’s Mike McFadden and Tony Hu will be delivering the opening session presentation at the ETC show floor conference at 11 a.m. on October 26, where they will provide an outlook on the global and Canadian markets as well as a discussion of PV cell and module technology trends.

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