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What: Shares of Canadian Solar (NASDAQ: CSIQ ) jumped 10% today after the company announced a major supply agreement.
So what: Canadian Solar will supply 91 MW of modules by the end of the year to Soleq Solar for a solar power plant in Thailand. This is a big development because the company is trying to reduce reliance on Europe and with growth in Japan last quarter and now Thailand in the remainder of 2013, the company is in a better position than many competitors.
Now what: We don't know what the pricing of modules will be, but Canadian Solar has been among the most aggressive Chinese solar companies in expanding beyond the traditional sales channels. That allows the company to have knowledge in major projects, like this one, that few low-cost suppliers can provide. Canadian Solar is in the best strategic position of the Chinese solar module suppliers and today's announcement is a step toward turning that into a profit.
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