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What: Shares of Canadian Solar (NASDAQ:CSIQ) jumped as much as 16% today after announcing a major project development.
So what: The company has been hired by Samsung Renewable Energy to design and build a 130 MW utility-scale project called Grand Renewable Solar. The project will generate $301.1 million in revenue for Canadian Solar and will begin construction in the third quarter of this year.
Now what: Canadian Solar has been slowly turning itself into a project developer, a good move considering the competition in the module business. What's surprising about this project is its cost of just $2.32 per watt, one of the lowest I've ever seen in solar. This project will create a source of demand for the company's products, but at that low cost per watt it won't generate much profit. This is one of the better stocks in Chinese solar but it's still not a stock this Fool is buying today.
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