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Solar + Storage: A seminar by Colin Parkin, President of e-Storage

Solar + Storage: merging the benefits for increased global electrification and decarbonization

May 22, 2024 — 

Join us on June 6, 2024, at 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in 200 Armes for the seminar, “Solar + Storage: merging the benefits for increased global electrification and decarbonization” with our presenter, Colin Parkin, president of e-Storage, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar, founded by Shawn Qu, one of the most prominent innovators and entrepreneurs in the solar industry at a global level.

Register now for the Solar + Storage seminar.

This seminar is free but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served.

A short description of the seminar

Canadian Solar is constantly examining the emergence of solar + storage across global markets. It is a fact that the demand for renewable energy sources continues to surge. We have seen the installed storage capacity double in the past year and anticipate that the new technologies powered by AI will further accelerate these trends.​ This surge underscores the importance of integrating energy solutions to ensure grid stability and reliability. 

​This seminar will include the following and more:

  • The global trends in solar energy and the future of solar + storage, as we see it from the business and the technical perspective
  • Acknowledging the impact of Dr. Shawn Qu in the renewable energy sector​
  • Sharing a case study: the future is already happening and Canadian Solar is contributing to the advancement of clean energy

About the speaker

Colin Parkin profile.

Colin Parkin, President, e-STORAGE

Colin Parkin is the President of e-STORAGE, a subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. He has been a driving force in Canadian Solar’s journey for the past fifteen years and a key contributor to its remarkable growth and success. Colin is renowned for his ability to build and lead teams across multiple markets, advancing technology, product development and integrating solar and energy storage opportunities. With a keen eye for innovation and a passion for sustainable energy solutions, Colin has played a pivotal role in driving the solar + storage revolution and expanding the business into global markets.

Mr. Parkin has extensive management experience in renewable energy, energy storage and photovoltaic solar sectors in both Canadian and international markets. His expertise includes project development and management, structured project finance and engineering procurement construction management.

Previously, Mr. Parkin served as Vice President of the Energy Group at Canadian Solar Inc. In this role, he oversaw the development of an operationally asset-managed 8-gigawatt project pipeline across various global regions. He was involved in significant asset sales and project financing transactions with top investment groups and lenders.

Before joining Canadian Solar, Mr. Parkin worked at Photowatt International, developing high-volume manufacturing processes for photovoltaic solar modules using advanced Spheral Silicon technology. He also managed the design and integration of capital equipment for a new photovoltaic module production process.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Parkin worked at Automation Tooling Systems (ATS), coordinating the development and commercialization of advanced medical diagnostic equipment, where he collaborated with doctors, engineers and scientists to bring sophisticated diagnostic systems to market.

Mr. Parkin founded and served as CEO of Integrated Manufacturing Technologies (IMT), where he led the business development and expansion of automated manufacturing solutions for the automotive industry.

Mr. Parkin studied Manufacturing Engineering at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, Canada.
Colin Parkin’s leadership and innovative approach have significantly contributed to the growth and success of Canadian Solar Inc. in the renewable energy industry.


e-STORAGE is a subsidiary of Canadian Solar specializing in designing, manufacturing and integrating battery energy storage systems for utility-scale applications. The company offers its proprietary LFP battery solution, Solbank, comprehensive EPC services and innovative solutions to enhance grid operations and integrate clean energy. e-STORAGE has successfully implemented over 4.5 GWh DC of battery energy storage solutions in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and China. The Company operates two fully automated, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities with an annual production capacity of 20 GWh.

About Canadian Solar

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 energy storage solutions, and developer of utility-scale solar power and battery energy storage projects with a geographically diversified pipeline in various stages of development. Over the past 22 years, Canadian Solar has successfully delivered over 118 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 around 10 GWp of solar power projects and 3.3 GWh of battery energy storage projects across the world. Currently, the Company has approximately 1 GWp of solar power projects in operation, 7.4 GWp of projects under construction or in backlog (late-stage), and an additional 19.9 GWp of projects in the advanced and early-stage pipeline. In addition, the Company has 600 MWh of battery energy storage projects in operation and a total battery energy storage project development pipeline of approximately 55 GWh, including approximately 3.5 GWh under construction or in backlog, and an additional 51 GWh at advanced and early-stage development. 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. For additional information about the Company, follow Canadian Solar on LinkedIn or visit


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