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Highlighting its growing strength in the industry, LONGi has released a new series of PV modules that set an industry benchmark – the new generation Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK high efficiency modules.

Hi-MO4 has all the advantages of the previous series of Hi-MO modules, but enhanced with a new generation of advanced monocrystalline PERC cell and the encapsulation technology of half-cell and bifacial construction. With Hi-MO4, the industry now has with a new higher power and more reliable choice in PV module.

Compared to the Hi-MO3 half-cell bifacial module released in 2018, Hi-MO4 retains Hi-MO3 characteristics of excellent bifacial power generation, achieving 8-20% gain in back power generation in various ground-surface environments, matched with high reliability and low attenuation. Highlights of HI-MO4 are:

1. Greatly improved module power
Hi-MO4 deploys upgraded PERC technology based on 6 busbars, with cell efficiency reaching 22.5%. While the front-side power Hi-MO3 is 380 W (72 cells), Hi-MO4 increases this to more than 420W, topping up to 430 W.
2. Lower LCOE
When compared to Hi-MO3, BOS cost – when Hi-MO4 is deployed – can be reduced by approximately 7%, and LCOE by 1.4%. Combined with tracking systems, LCOE can be further reduced.

With its advanced product technology, LONGi has ranked first in global monocrystalline cell and module shipment for four consecutive years. Total shipment of bifacial modules reached 1.5 GW.

Released together with Hi-MO4 is an all new, all-black series module – REAL BLACK. Designed with the advantages of “good looks, high power and high reliability”, REAL BLACK will be available for rooftop PV applications. With its all-black appearance and consistent color, REAL BLACK can be perfectly matched with the roof and local ecology, maximizing aesthetics and high power.

Introducing the new products, Li Zhenguo, President of LONGi, said, “Producing cost effective and high-quality products efficiently is the technological innovation of LONGi. We expect the release of Hi-MO4 will play an important role in reducing the cost of electricity and promoting grid parity. REAL BLACK will bring a new aesthetics and high power to rooftop PV users. LONGi will continue to invest in R&D to develop reliable high efficiency products and helping the PV industry upgrade its technology.

The release of the new generation Hi-MO4 and REAL BLACK will lead a new trend of module technology development and support the realization of grid parity.

Source: LONGi

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Jinkosolar has announced the launching of its Swan bifacial PV module series, which provides a significant enhancement of its industry-leading solar technology and offers the market a mainstream 430 W solar PV module with power gained from the rear side.

Jinkosolar’s Cheetah technology based on 158.75 x 158.75 mm mono wafer provides one of the industry’s most competitive solutions and set the industry pace for big square shape mono wafer era. By leveraging the new capabilities of Cheetah in generation, Jinkosolar Swan bifacial PV module delivers 5-25% more power over its flagship Cheetah module to reach 420-500 W gained from the rear side.

At the same time, its transparent backsheet option design rules are fully compatible with existing conventional installation methods, allowing approximately 20% reduction of labor cost relatd to module installation and 3% of BOS costs, which is translated into higher IRR and lower LCOE. Transparent backsheet option is particularly ideal for regions where labor cost is relatively high.

Swan PV module provides customers with additional generation benefits from rear side while extending the industry-leading power and performance from the Cheetah 158.75” mono series for a broad array of applications, ranging from large scale utility, agriculture complementary project, floating project, canopy, noise-reduction barriers, etc.

Building upon the broad success of our Cheetah premium mono technology, we’re confident that our customers will be able to quickly extract even higher product value from the new Swan bifacial modules. At the era of post subsidy, compared to other available solutions in the market, JinkoSolar’s Swan series offer customers a highly competitive performance-to-cost advantage as well as fast time-to-market with direct migration based on Cheetah technology“, said Kangping Chen, CEO of Jinkosolar.

Source: JinkoSolar

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JinkoSolar has supplied 250,000 pieces of 345 Watt – 1500V monocrystalline standard PV modules for one of the largest solar power plant in Colombia to date which was recently inaugurated and is located in Cesar Department.

We are proud to have been chosen for this iconic project in Colombia which demonstrates the recognition, value, and quality our products have in the market,” commented Mr. Alberto Cuter, General Manager LATAM of JinkoSolar.

This project strengthens our presence in Colombia and across Latin America. Colombia mainly depends on hydro power which can be an issue during the dry season. Solar power is the ideal solution to diversifying the country’s energy mix. We expect the Colombian PV market to continue growing rapidly and will working closely with our local and international partners there to maximize their returns on investment leveraging the superior performance of JinkoSolar’s products.

The company has already secured over 10.7 GW in orders for 2019. The signing of several large supply agreements in Vietnam, Mexico, Spain and a number of other markets has allowed JinkoSolar to secure in record time over 10.7 GW in orders for 2019. Overseas orders with fixed terms and conditions account for the vast majority of the secured orders. Installations in China are expected to pick up during the second half of 2019. This record-high 10.7GW order book consists primarily of high efficiency products like Cheetah, which highlights a clear trend taking place in global markets with demand shifting towards high-efficiency products.

Mr. Gener Miao, Chief Marketing Officer of JinkoSolar, commented “Leveraging our large geographic footprint, we were able to rapidly benefit from the accelerating shift towards high-efficiency mono panels and secure over 10.7GW orders for 2019 in record time. With grid parity approaching, we find ourselves in a very strong position in an otherwise highly competitive industry. Our strategic foresight to expand into high efficient product markets at an early stage is paying off. Jinko will continue to support our customers and partners with over 15 GW capacity of industry leading facility.

The significant increase in the Company’s orders is a direct result of JinkoSolar’s long-term commitment towards developing partnerships with customers across the globe and growing demand for highly-efficient modules, including its flagship Cheetah which was launched last year and the latest Swan bifacial PV modules.

Source: JinkoSolar

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India has an outstanding solar potential and has become one of the largest emerging PV markets. However, its solar road gets bumpy from time to time. On July 30 last year, Indian government announced a 25% safeguard duty on imported PV modules, which shocked the solar industry. As a result, India had added a solar capacity of 8,263 MW by the end of 2018, down from 9,782 MW added in 2017.

Yet, India’s rooftop solar continues its growth impressively with YoY growth rate at 66 percent. Under these circumstances, brands from China that focuses on rooftop solar are continuing their expansion across India. Growatt, the Global Top 10 Solar Inverter Supplier has been increasing its investment in India.

We’ve been here in India for over eight years. And we’ve seen through years of strong growth an enormous solar potential of Indian rooftop. One key factor is that the commercial and industrial consumers are paying higher grid tariffs and this is a good incentive for them to get PV systems on their roofs. So we are very optimistic about Indian rooftop solar market in the long term.” said Rucas Wang, Growatt Regional Director. Wang, who is very familiar with the local solar community. And he understands the potential and importance of Indian solar market.

Indian solar market is on top of our list for business growth. We started increasing our investments significantly in marketing and staffing last year. Now we have a team of 24 local sales and service engineers. Service offices have been established in eight major cities to provide on-site service across India. A toll-free service hotline has also been set up as well to provide fast response for our customers.

With continuous investments by leading solar companies like Growatt, Indian rooftop sector will probably become increasingly vigorous in coming years. And if policy and financing support comes in, rooftop installations will take off for sure.

Source: Growatt

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GoodWe has signed a cooperation agreement with Adler Solar Services GmbH in providing comprehensive after-sales services to GoodWe´s customers in Germany, Austria and Switzerland covering 1st level support, 2nd level support and technical field services. Adler Solar is a full-service provider for the solar industry who delivers a broad spectrum of technical solutions and services that guarantee a high-performance level and smooth running of a PV plant throughout its entire life-cycle. Adler Solar serves the complete range of after-sales solutions and defines all interfaces of the process chain according to individual customer requirements. Adler Solar´s existing panel service customers include renowned brands such as REC and Solarwatt.

With over 60 employees across the abovementioned German speaking markets, Adler Solar will conduct on-site repairs and take care of the storage of spare/replacement devices as well as individual inverter components and all the logistics involved.

In addition, Adler Solar experts will also handle the warranty process for GoodWe, while providing additional support services. Further services include the provision of information and support for GoodWe Smart Energy Management System (SEMS). By using this system, Adler Solar can take targeted actions based on GoodWe intelligent alert notification and get in touch with system owners directly, providing proactive responses.

Quality after sales service is GoodWe´s top priority

The agreement was inked by Thomas Haering, Managing Director of GoodWe Europe GmbH, and Gerhard Cunze, Managing Director of Adler Solar Services GmbH.

“GoodWe inverters stand for reliability, high performance and top-notch quality”, says Thomas Haering, Managing Director at GoodWe Europe. “We want to walk on this way by increasing our after-sales support network as one of our top priorities. This is why we are thrilled to work together with an experienced and professional service partner like ADLER Solar to provide our customers the necessary high-respond support they are expecting from a leading inverter manufacturer.

Fast, professional and reliable after-sales and repair services are essential for operators of PV systems. This is the only way to achieve the calculated yields and a stable return on investment. We ensure this with our after-sales solutions and are delighted to support one of the world’s leading inverter manufacturers”, says Gerhard Cunze, Managing Director of Adler Solar.

Source: GoodWe

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Soltec manufactured its first tracker designed for the mounting of bifacial panels in Chile in 2015 and in 2018 opened a bifacial tracking research centre in California. Such commitment is easy to explain: a bifacial solar tracker harvests energy from both its front and rear side, capturing the sunlight reflected on the ground. And under the right conditions, yield will increase by more than 30%.

The standard features of the SF7 solar tracker from Soltec provide bifacial compatibility due to the higher mounting height, a shadow-free backside and wider service aisles between tracker rows. These features mean that the bifacial modules are further off the ground, reducing the intensity of the shading on the tracker itself while enhancing bifacial gain. It also avoids the main disadvantage of most solar trackers: the axis casting shadows on the backside of the bifacial panel.

The double-width aisles between the SF7 tracker rows help increase the capture of the albedo reflected from the ground and from the solar modules of adjacent trackers. Wider aisles also facilitate the passage of array washing and vegetation control vehicles, thereby reducing O&M costs.

The SF7 Bifacial harvests energy from both its front and rear sides, as it captures the sunlight reflected on the ground beneath the solar tracker. Given the right conditions, energy production increases by more than 30%. The solar tracker from Soltec has recently been supplied for a solar project in the Israeli region of Merhavim and Bnei Shimon. The project has a total capacity of 17 MW, of which 2 MW is produced by bifacial modules. The plant is equipped with a total of 534 units of the SF7 Single-Axis Tracker and 64 units of the SF7 Bifacial.

As Emilio Alfonso, commercial vice-president of Soltec for the EMEA region, explains: “the main challenges of this project stem from the extreme weather conditions inherent to a high altitude, desert location. Logistics created challenges when complying with the works schedule, given its location a long way from urban centres and main roads. Fortunately, our experience allows us to successfully work under this type of conditions”.

Pioneers in bifacial tracking

Soltec is a pioneer in bifacial tracking. By 2015 it had already manufactured the first tracker specifically designed to be mounted with bifacial panels for a plant located close to the La Silla European Southern Observatory in Chile. This 1.72 MWp PV plant is for experimental purposes and represents the innovation, research and development invested, making the La Silla solar tracking plant an exceptional project.

Promoted by the Italian developer Enel Green Power, with Soltec responsible for its installation and design, this plant is located on the fringes of the Atacama Desert, in the region of Coquimbo. The site stands at an altitude of 1,800 metres and covers half the energy demand of the European Southern Observatory. Its location is no coincidence for an experimental installation of this type, given that the clean atmosphere of the area facilitates the research work.

The project, which continues to be the only one of its type in the world, incorporates major PV industry innovations. Two different types of trackers have been used for three different types of modules with the aim of analysing both efficiency and productivity. For this, Soltec has specifically designed two different tracker models to maximise the production of the modules used: in the first place, conventional polycrystalline; and secondly, polycrystalline with electronic optimisation which improves efficiency under certain conditions. Lastly, bifacial technology which is the most important type of module at this solar plant.

As a result of this project, Soltec has developed the first solar tracker with bifacial modules specifically designed for industrial plants. This tracker maximises the PV yield of the bifacial module thanks to the fact it makes use of the solar energy reflected on the ground. Bifacial panels have the capacity to harvest this diffuse energy. For conventional modules and optimised modules, Soltec has designed and installed a solar tracker configured with 4 rows of 19 modules in a horizontal layout.

Moreover, the standard design of the solar trackers from Soltec offers one of the highest tolerance levels to gradients on the market: up to 17% in a N-S orientation, thereby minimising earthworks, trench laying and internal roads. The selected configurations create spacious aisles which make O&M work more efficient.

The entire implementation and development of new technologies reflect the research mission of the plant. The project developer, Enel Green Power, decided to use this plant as an experimental field in which to test different technologies under real conditions in order to improve the future of PV production.

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Solar PV module manufacturing JinkoSolar reported a sizeable jump in its shipments and margins in 2018. The news was revealed in the company’s 2018 financial results, published March 22. For 2018 on a consolidated basis across its business, JinkoSolar posted a module shipment of 11.4GW in 2018 — a 16 percent increase from the previous year, marking the third consecutive year with ranking top in global delivery and a market share of 12.8%.

Despite a plummeted domestic demand hit by 531 policy, JinkoSolar was still seen successfully developing its business. Its profitability skyrocketed as a result of higher premium model production capacity and higher utility rate of it. JinkoSolar has begun mass production of its flagship Cheetah series last year, which mainly accounts for the increased profitability. Gross margin was 14.0% for the full year 2018, compared with 11.3% for the full year 2017. Income from operations and net income of 2018 achieved an increase of 98.2 % and 186.9% over 2017.

One of the key elements fueling growth for 2018 is a continuation of robust demand for its quality products, the solid partnership with key customers, and optimized production. In spite that the Company has raised their production capacity of high end mono products with mainstream power range of up to 380 W, its supply was still behind the market demand. In 2018, the company has increased the proportion of premium Mono products in its entire business. As for 2019, the advancement of higher efficient Cheetah will still be a focus of JinkoSolar, and is expected to further drive the sales and revenue. On the other hand, driven by new industry norm of grid parity, JinkoSolar has been a pioneer taking active part in development of the dual side module with transparent backsheet such as Swan, which will bring more changes in its product portfolio.

Looking ahead to 2019,given that the demand remains high, the visibility of order is very positive according to JinkoSolar.

Source: JinkoSolar

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EkoRE is setting up Turkey’s first integrated solar panel production facility including ingot, wafer, cell and module production process in Bor Organized Industry Zone of Nigde. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 11, 2019 with the participation of Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey Mr. Fatih Dönmez. In the event, the company also revealed that the project has been awarded “special project” status under the Turkish government’s “Project Based Investment Incentive System,” a US$430 million incentive scheme launched in August 2017.

Eko Clean Energy Inc.’s “100% Domestic PV Panel Production for Energy Independence Project” was approved in accordance with the Project-Based Investment Incentive and the related document was made and presented by President of Turkey Recep Tayyip to CEO of EkoRE H.Serhan Süzer

EkoRE plans to focus and leverage Heterojunction (HJT) technology to reach higher degrees of efficiency at lower cost of production, Diamond wire technology to increase production output significantly and maximizes machine capacity, SmartWire Connection technology (SWCT) for reducing the negative effects of possible micro-cracks to a minimum to manufacture its first and the main products of 335 W 60 cells HTJ panel and 420W bi-facial 60 cells HTJ solar panel.

EkoRE targets launching a new global brand from Turkey by exporting at least 80% of the products produced on this facility and aims to gain a significant place in the international solar energy market. The project, which will contribute significantly to the regional economy, is expected to provide employment opportunities to approximately 1,500 people and aims to make this region as one of the significant technology centers.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the production facility, EkoRE CEO H.Serhan Süzer stated ; “We will provide a capital inflow of 700 million $ with the aim of producing 100% domestic PV modules. The area where we will establish a giant plant with four important processes such as ingot, wafer, cell and module production is enough for 2 GW production. Our project area is 620 acres, corresponding to about 85 football fields. At the beginning we will start with 1 GW capacity and will double the planned capacity if required. We plan to export from Mersin port to the world and we will export 80% of the products that we produce in our long term planning.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey Fatih Dönmez said “This outstanding facility will add dynamism to the renewable energy sector in Turkey and it will encourage the rapid growth of similar powerful projects in the region”.

Source: EkoRE

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LONGi Solar has announced the commissioning of its 5 GW high-efficiency monocrystalline PV module factory in Chuzhou, Anhui, China. This is another step forward in the company’s enhancement of its high-efficiency monocrystalline PV module capacity to meet rising global demand for high-efficiency products.

LONGi Chuzhou 5 GW factory, with a total investment of about USD 328 million, broke ground on May 2018. Contract, construction and commissioning were completed the same year. With cutting-edge equipment, technology and fully automated production lines, the factory manufactures high-efficiency PV modules, including the innovative Hi-MO3 bifacial mono half-cut PERC PV module and other next-generation products that meets the demand for high-efficiency, high-reliability and high-yield products.

After equipment commissioning, capacity ramp-up, efficiency stabilization and finalization work, LONGi Chuzhou factory rolled out its first module in January 2019. Now, Phase 1 project with 2.5 GW is in full swing, manufacturing modules for global customers. Phase 2 is in the commissioning stage and will start full production soon.

In the recent two years, mono PERC has been acclaimed and recognized in the global PV module market. High-efficiency PERC technology further enhances the power output and effectively reduces BOS cost. Add bifacial technology and it extends the advantages of monocrystalline PERC to the rear side of the module to enhance power generation capacity. At present, LONGi’s monocrystalline cell and module capacities are all PERC, producing both monofacial and bifacial products.

Li Wenxue, President of LONGi Solar, said, “In 2019, our company identified a gap between fast-growing global orders and our high-efficiency cell and module capacities. LONGi Chuzhou factory will greatly narrow this gap. Besides manufacturing, the factory will also facilitate the transformation of technological and technical achievements to the mass production of new products.

LONGi has also announced that it will move ahead its 45 GW monocrystalline silicon ingot and wafer capacity expansion plans for 2020, and adapt cell and module capacities to market demand.

Source: LONGi Solar

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JinkoSolar, a reputable PV module manufacture in the world, today announced that according to media reports, Hanwha Q Cells this week filed actions against Jinko in the US ITC, US District Court of Delaware, and Germany’s regional Düsseldorf court. The actions follow the rapid growth of solar energy in the US and German markets where Jinko has been successful.

Based on Jinko’s preliminary analysis of Hanwha’s complaints and the asserted patents, the Company believes that the complaints are without technical or legal merit. Jinko, therefore, categorically refutes Hanwha’s allegations.

Jinko is working closely with its legal counsel and technical advisors to vigorously defend against the claims made by Hanwha. The company is considering all legal avenues available, including petitioning for the invalidity of Hanwha’s alleged patents. Jinko looks forward to prevailing in court. Jinko fully respects intellectual property rights and encourages healthy competition, but it will take legal action to defend itself, its clients, and its partners.

Jinko does not expect any disruption to its normal operations arising from this matter. JinkoSolar has been allocating substantial resources to R&D over many years, and has broken world records for cell efficiency. Jinko will strive to maintain its market leadership in solar module supply to the US and EU markets, providing its customers with high quality products and timely delivery.

Source: JinkoSolar

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