News on JinkoSolar’s deal with sPower, debut of ‘Cheetah’ Series 410-watt module

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JinkoSolar is both expanding its reach within the U.S. and ready to debut the most powerful commercially available modules on the market. Let’s start with the U.S. news: JinkoSolar (U.S.) entered into a three-year agreement to supply 1.43 GW of solar modules to U.S. independent power producer sPower. To date, JinkoSolar has supplied over 800 MW for sPower’s solar PV projects. The new agreement is structured so as to help Jinko expand its manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and Asia.

“We have had a strong track record of success with JinkoSolar’s high-quality and reliable modules, which is why we have signed another deal,” says Ryan Creamer, CEO of sPower. “JinkoSolar’s technology roadmap and cost leadership are also strong enablers for our future projects, and we look forward to maintaining our strong partnership.”

“We are very pleased to work with sPower,” adds Gener Miao, JinkoSolar’s vice president of sales and marketing. “We value the opportunity to grow our business with a visionary like sPower. JinkoSolar has been investing heavily in advanced solar technologies, and these efforts have yielded major benefits.”

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Meet the Cheetah

Across the Pacific, JinkoSolar Holding Co. showcased six of its blockbuster products including the unveiling for the first time of its all-new 410 W Cheetah Series and a new bifacial module at SNEC 2018.

JinkoSolar 72-cell Cheetah module’s 410 Wp performance is over 30 Wp higher than that of comparable products in the market with a range topping conversion efficiency of 20.38 percent, making it the ideal solution for tender-based large scale PV projects and projects with ultra-high technical requirements.

All JinkoSolar Cheetah series modules are produced in the company’s next-generation P5 super manufacturing facility and represent the most cutting-edge technology in solar module manufacturing. Utilizing an all latest wafer and cell designs, the Cheetah hits new benchmarks in terms of performance output, limited degradation, shade tolerance, and durability.

JinkoSolar is the only tier 1 module manufacturer to offer both N-type and P-type bifacial modules. The JinkoSolar 380 W 72-cell monocrystalline bifacial module has expanded the application boundaries of PV module installation. Traditionally, modules were largely installed in a horizontally flat or near flat manner. However, bifacial modules have opened the possibilities of installing modules in a vertical manner, drastically lowering the amount of space needed in PV projects. The ability of the bifacial modules to generate power on both sides has increased their practicality, creating new PV applications such as on highway fencing, greenhouses, sunrooms, and other building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV).

Depending on the type of tracker used, module installation angles, and the installation environment, one can expect an additional 5-25 percent power generation from bifacial modules relative to that of monofacial modules. The JinkoSolar 385W N-type bifacial module shares the same performance attributes of the P-type bifacial module and has the additional advantage of having lower degradation.

— Solar Builder magazine

GlobalData: Top PV module provider in 2017 was JinkoSolar

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JinkoSolar maintained its position as top solar PV module shipment provider in 2017, says GlobalData. The company had shipments of 9.7 GW of PV modules compared to Trina Solar’s 9.1 GW.

“JinkoSolar has broken a number of world records for its silicon solar cell and module technology, displaying its technological prowess,” said Ankit Mathur, Practice Head of Power at GlobalData. “The company has maintained its top position in terms of solar PV research and development through its advanced manufacturing process, higher mass production speeds, and enhanced quality control compared to its counterparts.”

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JinkoSolar reported spectacular results in 2017, with the company reaching the milestone of receiving the first Cradle-to-Cradle (C2C) certificate in China from SGS, one of the world’s leading testing, inspection, verification, and certification organizations. This certification highlights JinkoSolar’s commitment to high environmental, health, and safety standards.

The global solar PV module market was valued at $36.71 billion in 2017 and is estimated to reach $26.4 billion in 2021, registering a negative compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8 percent between 2017 and 2021. The fall in the market value was mainly due to the fall in module prices.

Trina Solar is also in a strong position in the areas of product quality and reliability, performance, innovation, as well as robust financial management. The company has achieved a number of breakthroughs with its innovative research and development, and its large-area interdigitated back contact silicon solar cell hit a record efficiency of 24.13% in May 2017.

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Other top module producers

Regarding the other companies which made the top rankings, Canadian Solar Inc. and JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd occupied third and fourth place, with shipments of 6.9 GW and 6.7 GW, respectively. Hanwha Q Cells Co., Ltd. came fifth with 5.6 GW, GCL System Integration Technology Co., Ltd. was sixth with 4.6 GW, Lerri Solar Technology Co. Ltd stood in seventh place with 4.4 GW, and Yingli lay in eighth spot with 2.9 GW.

Mathur adds: “Lerri Solar Technology Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology, gained substantial ground by entering into the top solar manufacturer ranking in 2017. The company is planning to raise its stakes in the growing market through rapid expansion in domestic and overseas manufacturing facilities. Recently the company announced its plan to increase its production base with a set up 1GW Mono Cell and 1GW Mono Module Manufacturing Facility in India.

“Risen Energy has entered the 2017 top 10 listing of the solar module manufacturers after gaining competitive edge in technology, automation and cost control in the photovoltaic sector. From the past few years the company has been company expanding its presence in markets such as Italy, Germany, Romania and India.”

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar’s new Florida solar panel factory leads to huge supply agreement with NextEra Energy

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Back in January, U.S.-based NextEra Energy revealed it would be involved in a major supply agreement with JinkoSolar, but this month the companies further amended the agreement in what is now one of the largest solar panel supply deals in history. JinkoSolar will supply NextEra Energy with up to 2,750 MW of high-efficiency solar modules – roughly 7 million solar panels – over approximately four years.

In conjunction with this agreement, JinkoSolar is opening its first U.S. factory in Jacksonville, which is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs in Florida and support hundreds of additional local jobs in shipping and other related industries.

“As NextEra Energy continues to invest heavily in new solar projects across the country, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to buy cost-effective, reliable solar panels made here in America. JinkoSolar shares our commitment to delivering affordable clean energy solutions, and we are pleased to welcome them to our home state of Florida,” said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy’s chairman and CEO.

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Once fully operational, JinkoSolar’s state-of-the-art factory in Jacksonville is expected to have the capacity to build 400 megawatts of solar modules annually – more than 1 million solar panels a year. Production is expected to begin later this year. JinkoSolar anticipates using the Port of Jacksonville for a large volume of importing and exporting activities.

Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, which currently operates more than 930 megawatts of solar capacity in Florida, including 14 solar power plants, says that over the next decade, FPL plans to more than quadruple its current solar capacity to more than 4,000 megawatts.

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“Florida’s economy is on a roll. Since 2011, nearly 1.5 million private-sector jobs have been created in our state, and more and more companies like JinkoSolar are choosing to grow in Florida. Today’s announcement means that 200 additional families in Jacksonville will be able to find a great job. We will continue working nonstop to make Florida the number one destination of job creators by eliminating burdensome regulations and keeping taxes low for businesses and families,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.

With advantages that include a low-cost, pro-business environment, a strong record of economic development and job growth and one of the largest solar expansions in the country, Florida edged out several other states that competed for the multimillion-dollar investment.

“Investing in this solar panel manufacturing facility makes clear our commitment to Florida and the growing U.S. market,” said Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. “This will be one of the world’s most advanced solar panel manufacturing facilities, which will provide us with the flexibility and manufacturing capacity to support our local partners and growing U.S. customer base.”

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar’s new Florida solar panel factory leads to huge supply agreement with NextEra Energy

Next era energy

Back in January, U.S.-based NextEra Energy revealed it would be involved in a major supply agreement with JinkoSolar, but this month the companies further amended the agreement in what is now one of the largest solar panel supply deals in history. JinkoSolar will supply NextEra Energy with up to 2,750 MW of high-efficiency solar modules – roughly 7 million solar panels – over approximately four years.

In conjunction with this agreement, JinkoSolar is opening its first U.S. factory in Jacksonville, which is expected to create more than 200 direct jobs in Florida and support hundreds of additional local jobs in shipping and other related industries.

“As NextEra Energy continues to invest heavily in new solar projects across the country, we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to buy cost-effective, reliable solar panels made here in America. JinkoSolar shares our commitment to delivering affordable clean energy solutions, and we are pleased to welcome them to our home state of Florida,” said Jim Robo, NextEra Energy’s chairman and CEO.

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Once fully operational, JinkoSolar’s state-of-the-art factory in Jacksonville is expected to have the capacity to build 400 megawatts of solar modules annually – more than 1 million solar panels a year. Production is expected to begin later this year. JinkoSolar anticipates using the Port of Jacksonville for a large volume of importing and exporting activities.

Eric Silagy, president and CEO of Florida Power & Light Company, which currently operates more than 930 megawatts of solar capacity in Florida, including 14 solar power plants, says that over the next decade, FPL plans to more than quadruple its current solar capacity to more than 4,000 megawatts.

RELATED: Jinergy’s high-efficiency modules first to achieve new IEC certification via TUV Rheinland

“Florida’s economy is on a roll. Since 2011, nearly 1.5 million private-sector jobs have been created in our state, and more and more companies like JinkoSolar are choosing to grow in Florida. Today’s announcement means that 200 additional families in Jacksonville will be able to find a great job. We will continue working nonstop to make Florida the number one destination of job creators by eliminating burdensome regulations and keeping taxes low for businesses and families,” said Florida Governor Rick Scott.

With advantages that include a low-cost, pro-business environment, a strong record of economic development and job growth and one of the largest solar expansions in the country, Florida edged out several other states that competed for the multimillion-dollar investment.

“Investing in this solar panel manufacturing facility makes clear our commitment to Florida and the growing U.S. market,” said Kangping Chen, CEO of JinkoSolar. “This will be one of the world’s most advanced solar panel manufacturing facilities, which will provide us with the flexibility and manufacturing capacity to support our local partners and growing U.S. customer base.”

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar breaks PERC solar cell efficiency record, debuts new mobile solutions

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At China International Industry Fair (CIIF), JinkoSolar announced that it has broken its own world record for P-type monocrystalline PERC solar cell efficiency by achieving that of 23.45 percent. The record was independently validated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Photovoltaic and Wind Power System Quality Test Center. This new achievement eclipses JinkoSolar’s world record breaking P-Type monocrystalline PERC solar cell efficiency of 22.78% that was achieved just last month in October.

Also at CIIF JinkoSolar introduced new applications of cutting-edge technology such as IoT devices, intelligent mobile devices, and mobile robots to its manufacturing process. The innovative applications allows JinkoSolar to consolidate data collection, enable yield traceability, improve workflow efficiency, and optimize material transportation, which ultimately allows the company to continuously enhance its fab operating efficiency. Following through with its commitment to manufacturing excellence, JinkoSolar has further integrated functions such as advanced data analytics, smart diagnostics, self-reporting, and precise forecasting, with its operational know-how. The integration has revolutionized JinkoSolar’s fab operations from “Automated” to “Intelligent”, allowing the company to achieve greater efficiency, flexibility and quality, maximize cost effectiveness, and accelerate overall innovation.

— Solar Builder magazine