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Canadian Solar will deliver 26MW of its CS6P-P crystalline silicon solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to the San Fermin solar power project in Puerto Rico.

TSK Solar, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor along with Uriel Renewables and Coqui Power, is co-developing the solar project located in the North Eastern town of Loiza.

The solar system, which features its own predictive weather station to prepare for sudden increases or decreases of sunlight, is expected to be completed and connected to the national grid in December 2012.

The San Fermin project would meet the technical requirements of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority by enabling both active and reactive power regulation, said Canadian Solar.

The solar system allows for the adjustment of electrical frequency as well as modulation of voltage at the grid connection point to accommodate any sudden fluctuations in solar intensity.

TSK Solar general manager, Roberto Montes, said: "The solar plant was designed to operate in a challenging electrical environment, with 40% overcurrent, voltage control issues and the need for a back-up energy storage system."

"Given this highly demanding environment, the high-quality and durability of Canadian Solar’s modules was essential in meeting the strict requirements for us and our development partner, Uriel."

Canadian Solar’s CS6P-P solar modules, which were selected for the Loiza project, recently received the highest PV USA (PTC) ratings – a universally recognised indicator of a solar system’s real performance and power output.

Canadian Solar chairman and CEO, Dr. Shawn Qu, said: "We are excited to be involved with innovative solar power plants, like the one in Loiza, as they showcase solar an option for a much wider range of markets with challenging energy needs."

Image: The new solar project will help further stabilize Puerto Rico’s electrical grid. Photo: courtesy of