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Canadian Solar Files a EUR 100 Million Note Program in the Spanish MARF to Support Project Development Growth

Canadian Solar Inc. | November 20, 2021

Solar EMEA Capital
Canadian Solar Inc. announces that Canadian Solar EMEA Capital Markets, S.A.U., an indirectly wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar, on November 19, 2021 registered in Spain a € 100 million medium term note program, dated November 15, 2021, in the Spanish multilateral trading facility (MTF) for debt securities (MARF). Any payment under the notes issued under the note program will be guaranteed by the Company. The notes may qualify as "green bonds" pursuant to the International Capital Market Association (ICMA) Green Bond Principles and the Green Financing Framework adopted by the Company in Europe, Middle East and Africa, or EMEA region. Canadian Solar's EMEA's Green Financing Framework received a favorable third-party opinion from Sustainalytics.

The notes will only be offered and sold to non-U.S. persons outside the United States in reliance on Regulation S under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933. The notes have not been, and will not be, registered under the Securities Act or the securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction in the United States. The notes may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from registration requirements.

In the European Union, the notes will only be directed to "qualified investors" as defined in Regulation (EU) 2017/1129, including (i) eligible counterparties, as defined in Directive 2014/65/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 15 May 2014 (the "EU MiFID II") and the Spanish Securities Market Act; and (ii) professional clients, as defined in the EU MiFID II and the Spanish Securities Market Act, or any provision which may replace or supplement it in the future.

With the note program, Canadian Solar aims to increase its sustainable investment footprint, using the fund proceeds to finance the development and acquisition of new solar PV and battery storage projects, both nationally and internationally, and support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The notes will have a minimum denomination of € 100,000 each (or a minimum equivalent amount in any other currency), while their interest rates and maturities will be determined at the time of each issuance.

About Canadian Solar Inc.
Canadian Solar was founded in 2001 in Canada and is one of the world's largest solar technology and renewable energy companies. It is a leading manufacturer of solar photovoltaic modules, provider of solar energy and battery storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. Over the past 20 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 63 GW of premium-quality, solar photovoltaic modules to customers across the world. Likewise, since entering the project development business in 2010, Canadian Solar has developed, built and connected over 6.2 GWp in over 20 countries across the world. Currently, the Company has around 430 MWp of projects in operation, nearly 7 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 17 GWp of projects in pipeline (mid-to early- stage). Canadian Solar is one of the most bankable companies in the solar and renewable energy industry, having been publicly listed on the NASDAQ since 2006.

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The objective is to provide an outline of the key challenges to rapid up scaling of renewable energy in general terms. Without addressing the particulars of an individual country, the challenges will necessarily be generic, but they will likely be recognisable to individual actors. The Coalition for Action is eager to help design solutions suited to each actor’s specific national circumstances. The challenges identified fall into three basic categories: Finance and Bankability; Administrative and Capacity; and Regulatory. This categorisation is not exclusive, and many issues appear in more than one category, but it forms a good basis for initial analysis. An overview and ranking of identified challenges according to their potential impact and likelihood can be found in the heat map in section 1.4.


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Cemvita Factory | February 18, 2022

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Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP | February 21, 2022

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The objective is to provide an outline of the key challenges to rapid up scaling of renewable energy in general terms. Without addressing the particulars of an individual country, the challenges will necessarily be generic, but they will likely be recognisable to individual actors. The Coalition for Action is eager to help design solutions suited to each actor’s specific national circumstances. The challenges identified fall into three basic categories: Finance and Bankability; Administrative and Capacity; and Regulatory. This categorisation is not exclusive, and many issues appear in more than one category, but it forms a good basis for initial analysis. An overview and ranking of identified challenges according to their potential impact and likelihood can be found in the heat map in section 1.4.

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