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.

JinkoSolar

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

JinkoSolar modules pass IEC 61345 test from TUV Rheinland

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JinkoSolar Holding Co. sent word that its modules have passed intensive UV test in terms of IEC 61345 from TUV Rheinland.

What is IEC 61345?

Comparing with test procedure of UV Preconditioning test defined in IEC 61215, which is the major international standard of the industry, IEC 61345 intend to verify the sample’s UV resistance under different ultraviolet level (“UVA”, 320nm~400nm “UVB”, 280nm~320nm).

By considering the test condition of that, Jinko required TUV Rheinland to perform the special UV test which had more than 160KWh/m2 irradiance for exposure (137.84KWh/m2 for front side and 30.07KWh/m2 for rear side). And power degradation was less than 5%.

“I’m proud that JinkoSolar is the first Chinese PV manufacturer to pass intensive UV test according to IEC61345, which further demonstrates our technology strength and leading position in the industry,” commented Mr. Kangping Chen, Chief Executive Officer of JinkoSolar. “We have always been committed to providing our clients with the highest quality and most reliable products while being at the forefront of solar technology.”

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JinkoSolar donating 620 kW of high-efficiency solar modules to GRID Alternatives

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JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. is partnering with everyone’s favorite nonprofit solar installer, GRID Alternatives. JinkoSolar will donate over 620 kW of high-efficiency solar modules to support GRID Alternatives’ work bringing solar power and job training to low-income communities across the country.

JinkoSolar’s contribution will help GRID Alternatives meet its goal of providing solar to an estimated 1600 families and multifamily affordable housing providers in 2017, saving them millions of dollars in energy costs over the system lifetimes while giving hands-on installation training to over 5000 individuals.

“JinkoSolar is proud to support GRID Alternatives, as they continue to service low-income families across the nation,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “Ensuring all communities have access to clean energy is extremely important to us. We applaud GRID’s unique model which provides underserved communities with the cost-saving benefits of solar and valuable hands-on training to community members interested in building a career in the solar industry.”

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This is JinkoSolar’s largest philanthropic donation to GRID Alternatives to-date, building on several previous years of support for the organization and its mission.

“Large-scale equipment partnerships like JinkoSolar’s help us bring the benefits of solar – financial savings, job opportunities, and a clean, renewable energy source – to families and communities that would not otherwise have access,” said Erica Mackie, GRID Alternatives CEO and co-founder. “We’re grateful for JinkoSolar’s support.”

— Solar Builder magazine