September 24, 2007

Leading solar energy companies become newest CanSIA members

The Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) has welcomed four new Corporate 1-category members, executive director Elizabeth McDonald announced recently. "Each new member allows CanSIA to be more proactive in dealing with issues of concern to the industry," said McDonald. "We are encouraged by the number of organizations and companies stepping forward. Our combined efforts will further strengthen the solar industry in Canada."

Corporate 1 member companies include those with more than 25 employees or annual revenues of more than $3 million. The new member companies include:

*Canadian Solar Inc (CSI) produces a range of certified standard solar modules marketed worldwide for use in commercial, industrial and residential solar power generation systems. The company also custom-designs and produces specialty solar modules to meet client specifications, such as solar-powered bus stop lighting, and complete specialty solar products such as solar-powered car battery chargers. CSI carries out solar power development projects as well, primarily in conjunction with government organizations, to provide solar power generation in rural areas.

*Conergy is considered to be the highest-volume solar company in the world; it also ranks as a leading international provider in other rapidly growing fields of renewable energy, including bioenergy. Operating out of offices on five continents, Conergy focuses on providing each energy consumer the most appropriate technology in attractive markets for renewable energies.

*ICP Solar Technologies develops, manufactures and markets solar cells and solar cell-based products and building materials. Over the past two decades, ICP Solar has developed a reputation as a cutting-edge innovator of solar cell-based products for the consumer market. The Montreal-based company is now moving into the rooftop and power generation solar markets.

*SunPower Corporation designs, manufactures and delivers high-performance solar-electric systems worldwide for residential, commercial and utility-scale power plant customers. The company says its high-efficiency solar cells and solar panels generate up to 50% more power than conventional solar technologies, while its proprietary solar tracking technology generates up to 30% more energy than traditional fixed-tilt systems. SunPower is based in San Jose, California, with offices in North America, Europe and Asia.

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