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Trina Solar has received a top rating in the latest annual PV module and solar inverter bankability report issued by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). With this report, Trina Solar is now the only module manufacturer to be rated as fully bankable for four consecutive years by 100% of the experts participating in the BNEF survey.

The BNEF report has been a valuable reference for business credit at numerous financial institutions. According to the report, corporate financial health, track record of its modules in the field, and manufacturer warranties are important metrics for financial institutions in their evaluation of PV manufacturers’ bankability. Banks are comfortable providing non-recourse loans to solar projects that use PV modules from a bankable manufacturer.

For its survey, BNEF reached out to banks, funds, EPCs, independent power providers (IPPs), and technical advisors worldwide. It also engaged in in-depth interviews with quality inspectors and technology experts. These experts represent an installed PV capacity of 29GW globally.

Trina Solar Executive Vice President Yin Rongfang said, “We are very proud of the great result Trina Solar has achieved once again in this renowned industry report. The report confirms our solid financial condition, proven product quality and good corporate reputation, as well as recognizes our ongoing commitment to long-term sustainability. Trina Solar is committed to creating long-term and robust return on investment for our global customers with higher-value PV modules and integrated solutions.

The latest BNEF report also quotes the annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard, published this year by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL), where Trina Solar has been named a “Top Performer” for its outstanding module reliability and power generation performance among global module manufacturers for the fifth time in a row. The scorecard provides the most comprehensive comparison of publicly-available PV module reliability test results.

Source: Trina Solar

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LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, has recorded its highest-ever bankability rating in the recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019.

BNEF surveyed banks, funds, developers, EPCs and technical due diligence firms which brands out of 48 modules manufacturers they considered bankable (i.e. can be used in solar projects with non-recourse debt). In the 2019 results, LONGi rose significantly to 91%, its highest ever, a clear indication of LONGi’s maturity as an established brand in the industry.

LONGi also received a “star” indicating it is a “Top Performer” PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard. LONGi modules earned “Top Performer” among all 4 PVEL’s test categories of damp heat, thermal cycling, mechanical load and potential induced degradation (PID) tests.

BNEF also named the “Top 15 PV Module brands used in term loan financed projects” since July 1,2017. The leading 3 brands supplied almost 5GW of term financed deals. LONGI is the second most used brand with 1,447 MW deals financed.

LONGi has also ranked as the most creditworthy module manufacturer. BNEF uses the Altman-Z score – a combination of financial ratios – to access the creditworthiness of manufacturers. It is an indicator of the risk of a company filing for bankruptcy in the next 2 years. LONGi was accessed at a score of 3.1 which indicates strong financial health and bankruptcy to be highly unlikely. LONGi’s Altman-Z score is the highest among pure play module manufactures.

In addition to LONGi’s bankability and reliability, the firm is also operating at scale as one of the largest solar manufacturers both in terms of existing and planned production capacity. According to PV Tech’s on-going analysis of global capacity expansion announcements, LONGi Solar’s total nameplate module assembly capacity should exceed 13GW in 2019, becomes world’s largest module manufacturer with latest expansion.

Source: LONGi Solar

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Trina Solar has recently been recognized as the “Top Performer” among global PV module manufacturers by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) and DNV GL. The company is one of only two PV module manufacturers with worldwide reach to garner the prestigious recognition for the fifth consecutive time since the Top Performer award was founded.

The recognition of “Top Performer” is based on the PV Module Reliability Scorecard released by PVEL and DNV GL. The Scorecard is one of the most comprehensive comparisons of PV module reliability test results publicly available on the market today. As an integrated certification program with a focus on module reliability and power generation performance, the test comprises 2-4x IEC thermal cycling, damp heat, dynamic mechanical load, humidity-freeze and PID attenuation tests.

Trina Solar quality director Zhao Mengyu said, “It is encouraging to see that Trina Solar has been recognized as a Top Performer for the fifth time in a row. Rigorous raw materials control and production line management processes ensure the high reliability of our modules. Trina Solar is committed to providing customers with higher-reliability and higher-value PV modules.

Trina Solar carries out several rounds of comprehensive ongoing reliability tests (ORTs) during the materials introduction process. Trina Solar evaluates both materials and modules during its ORT process with more frequent ORTs for key components, such as packaging materials and PV back sheet, with the aim of ensuring comprehensive and strict control over the materials and products in mass production.

In terms of the production line manufacturing process, Trina Solar carries out a process quality control across the value chain. Nearly 100 control points are deployed for the entire silicon wafer and cell production processes, while over 100 control points are configured for the overall module production process.

Source: Trina Solar

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For the 3rd consecutive year, LONGi Solar, a world leading mono-crystalline PV module manufacturer, has been named “Top Performer” in the annual PV Module Reliability Scorecard published by PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) and DNV-GL. This ranking summarizes the results of independent testing conducted as part of PVEL’s Product Qualification Program (PQP) and identifies the PV module models that achieved top performance

The PQP is a unique protocol of tests that generate empirical performance and reliability data, contributing to critical technical due diligence, energy forecasts and financial models utilized by solar investors and project developers. Manufacturers voluntarily participate in the PQP, but only “Top Performers” are eligible for listing in the Scorecard. Manufacturers choose to be recognized in the Scorecard in order to demonstrate the quality of their products to the market.

Testing for reliability and performance

According to PVEL, while IEC and UL certifications are important indicators of module safety, long-term reliability and performance are also important to PV buyers. By extending IEC 61215 sequences and incorporating additional tests, the Scorecard approximates the impact that decades of exposure in the field has on PV modules.

The Scorecard employs four demanding test sequences that stimulate PV modules long-term performance in real world conditions. It is today the most complete publicly available comparison of PV module reliability test results.

LONGi was named “Top Performer” in all four test categories:

  • Thermal cycling.
  • Damp heat.
  • Dynamic mechanical load sequence.
  • Potential induced degradation (PID).

LONGi hallmarks: technology innovations and product quality

DNV-GL PV Module Reliability Scorecard “Top Performer” status is validation of the reliability of LONGi high efficiency PV modules and demonstrates the company’s R&D technology leadership and quality-first approach to manufacturing.

Source: LONGi Solar

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Trina Solar, a world leading global PV and smart energy total solution provider, recently announced that it has begun mass production of N-type i-TOPCon double-glass bifacial modules. The best front side power output of a module with 144 half-cut i-TOPCon cells reaches 425 Wp, and the best module efficiency reaches 20.7%.

The new i-TOPCon double glass PV modules integrate these N-type bifacial i-TOPCon cells with over 80% bifaciality, multi-busbar (MBB) design, full square monocrystalline cells, dual-side and half-cut technologies. The highly efficient modules feature a lower temperature coefficient and low light induced degradation (LID), greatly improving the actual power output. They also provide an extra 5% to 30% power generation from their back side, and feature a 30-year linear power warranty.

The world record efficiency of 25.8% on small-area, single side TOPCon cells developed by Fraunhofer ISE has driven research and development of passivated contact solar cells by institutes and industry. In 2015, the State Key Laboratory of Photovoltaic Science and Technology (SKL PVST) of Trina Solar started the research on a large-area bifacial TOPCon cell that is aimed for industrial mass production, naming it i-TOPCon cell. In 2019, Trina Solar achieved a front side median efficiency over 23% on i-TOPCon cells.

The i-TOPCon cell has a front boron emitter and a rear full-area passivating contact. After its development by the SKL PVST, it was transferred into full-scale mass production in a workshop at Trina Solar’s Changzhou factory. In May 2019, Trina Solar announced that its SKL PVST has set a new world record of 24.58% for such n-type mono-crystalline silicon (c-Si) i-TOPCon solar cells. This result was independently confirmed by the ISFH CalTeC in Germany with a full-area measurement (244 cm2) including busbars.

Source: Trina Solar

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JinkoSolar has announced that the maximum conversion efficiency of its Cheetah size cells and N-type cells reached 24.38% and 24.58%, respectively, during testing conducted by the Chinese Academy of Sciences in March 2019, China’s authoritative national academy for the natural sciences.

Additionally, power generated by JinkoSolar’s 72 version high efficiency monocrystalline module (cell: 158.75*158.75) reached 469.3 W during testing conducted by TÜV Rheinland in May 2019. JinkoSolar has made significant breakthroughs in the field of high efficiency and high power of cells and modules, setting a new industry standard for peak performance.

JinkoSolar’s production chain, including R&D teams from silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules, all made significant technological breakthroughs which were key to the extremely high solar cell efficiency and module power output. Several advanced technologies have been implemented, including: silicon wafer growth with extremely low oxygen and defect concentration, HOT solar cell technology, low-loss cell connection technology, and in-module light harvesting technology.

With our commitment to revolutionize the industry using technological innovation, JinkoSolar has been continuously breaking world records for the efficiency of solar cells and modules.” commented Dr. Hao Jin, JinkoSolar R&D Vice President, “To complement our efforts in continuously upgrading product technology and create more value for our global customers, JinkoSolar has established a joint research platform with many advanced R&D institutions across the globe.

Source: JinkoSolar

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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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