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Innovative strength and social sustainability

In 2001, Canadian Solar began with the vision of helping to create a clean, sustainable energy future through solar power. With advanced technology and superior manufacturing capabilities, the company brings higher quality and better value to the marketplace. It is Canadian Solar’s commitment to develop socially responsible, sustainable and innovative practices in every part of its business. Recently the company, as the first solar panel manufacturer, has launched Zep compatible NewEdge panels and made the first Ronald McDonald house solar-powered. PES investigates.

Canadian Solar’s NewEdge solar modules come with the patented Zep Groove technology, and are compatible with both the new Zep Solar installation system for homes and with traditional systems. The NewEdge panels provide one of the solar industry’s fastest and most cost-effective ways to install photovoltaic (PV) solar systems on residential roofs.

The NewEdge modules with Zep Solar’s breakthrough rail-free, auto-grounding system can slash residential installation costs in half and reduce the amount of time installers spend on a roof by 75 per cent. PV systems with NewEdge panels yield significant financial, labour and performance improvements, when compared to traditional roof-mounted solar systems.

The Zep System offers one of the solar industry’s most robust methods for grounding PV solar arrays; the system is ETL-listed to UL 1703 and UL 467, thus assuring proper grounding for the life of the system. Together with Canadian Solar’s NewEdge panels – consistently ranked among the highest-performing in independent third-party tests – installers can be assured that the solar system installation will not only be cost-effective, but will also produce at the top of the module performance range.

Canadian Solar’s CS6P and CS5A modules lead in PV USA (or PTC) ratings, which are quickly becoming universally accepted standards for real-world module power and performance.

“Canadian Solar is the first solar panel manufacturer to provide the Zep compatible NewEdge panels, and we’re looking forward to offering installers this high quality and forward-thinking solar technology,” said Dr. Shawn Qu, CEO of Canadian Solar. “The Zep System represents a turnaround in standard installation practices and hardware. Canadian Solar is building on our market leadership and reputation for high quality products by coupling our high performance modules with this leading next-generation installation technology.”


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