First solar module recycling program launched by JinkoSolar

jinkosolarJinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc., in partnership with the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and a coalition of other solar companies, is launching the nation’s first PV recycling program, which includes a network of cost-effective recyclers that can responsibly dispose of decommissioned PV modules.

While JinkoSolar modules are expected to last at least 25 years, PV system owners now have dedicated resources to help aid in responsible disposal of modules once they reach the end of their life cycle. JinkoSolar modules recently passed toxicity characteristic leaching procedure (TCLP) tests. Products that do not leach toxic materials at levels exceeding regulatory limits are termed TCLP compliant. TCLP compliant JinkoSolar modules will give system owners more time and flexibility to dispose of the modules.

“JinkoSolar has always been keen to ensure that its modules are clean and eco-friendly from cradle to grave,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “By passing TCLP tests and helping start this recycling framework, JinkoSolar has shown that it is a true leader in environmental responsibility.”

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar partners with CivicSolar to distribute Eagle module line

JinkoSolar entered into a Master Purchase Agreement with national full service solar distributor CivicSolar. Under the terms of the agreement, JinkoSolar has been selected by CivicSolar as a Preferred Module Partner and will account for 25 percent of CivicSolar’s module sales. CivicSolar is currently offering JinkoSolar’s Eagle (PID-free) and MX (optimized) modules to its customers.

jinkosolarJinkoSolar’s Eagle modules protect against potential induced degradation (PID) loss and allow installers to use transformerless inverters. The MX modules have three optimizers in the junction box performing cell string maximum power point tracking (MPPT), which improve tolerance to soiling and shading and enable more compact system designs. Both panel types offer superior energy harvest.

“CivicSolar is thrilled to be working with JinkoSolar, a company committed to offering technology tailored to fit our customers’ needs,” said Stuart Rentz, President of CivicSolar. “JinkoSolar’s product reliability and commitment to on-time delivery are reasons why we have selected them as our Preferred Module Partner.”

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“JinkoSolar has made the distribution market one of its priorities and is excited to announce this agreement with an established national player like CivicSolar,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “Our Eagle and MX modules will support CivicSolar’s existing customers and attract new ones.”

JinkoSolar has over 15,000 employees across its 5 productions facilities in Jiangxi and Zhejiang Provinces, China, Malaysia, Portugal and South Africa, 12 global sales offices in China, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Ghana, Brazil, Costa Rica and Mexico and 11 oversea subsidiaries in Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, Canada, Australia, Singapore, Japan, India, South Africa and Chile.

CivicSolar is the 35th fastest growing privately held energy company in the US and serves over 3,500 contractors throughout the United States, Caribbean and Latin America and works hard to empower solar installers by delivering quality equipment, engineering, financing, and competitive pricing for every job.

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar’s 1,500-volt Eagle PV module now ready for delivery

1,500-volt systems are coming sooner rather than later, which obviously will require new products. JinkoSolar Holding Co., a global leader in the photovoltaic (PV) industry, is ready with its solution, having just received UL 1703 certification for its 1,500-volt Eagle PV modules. Following this certification, the modules are now immediately available for use in solar installations across North America.

JinkoSolar’s 1500-volt Eagle modules pass potential induced degradation tests at 85 degrees Celsius and 85 percent relative humidity and are protected by DuPont Tedlar PVF film-based backsheets. The Eagle module is a framed panel compatible with commonly used racking and tracking systems in the North America market. DuPont Tedlar is the only backsheet material proven to protect solar panels in the field for more than 30 years in harsh environmental conditions such as desert, jungle, coastal, and mountain climates.

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“I believe that JinkoSolar’s 1500-volt Eagle modules are by far one of the most robust products in the North American market, especially with DuPont Tedlar backsheets,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar U.S. “These high quality modules are yet another step in our effort to provide customers with the best technology and proven, reliable, and cost-effective products,”

“DuPont Tedlar PVF film-based backsheets offer the optimal balance of weatherability, adhesion and mechanical strength — properties required for long module lifetime. They provide extended durability and electrical insulation, which make them ideal components for JinkoSolar’s 1500-volt Eagle modules, now poised to accelerate the growth of the North American PV market,” said Alex Bradley, Principal Investigator, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions.

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— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar wins three big PV projects in Mexico

jinkosolarJinkoSolar Holding Co. won three solar PV projects totaling 188 MWac in Mexico as part of the country’s first long-term electricity auction since the implementation of energy reforms. JinkoSolar will develop and build the solar power plants.

Two of the projects are located in Yucatán and one in Jalisco. They are expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2018 where all electricity generated will be sold to Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, or “CFE”) under a power purchase agreement for a 15 year period, as well as the related clean energy certificates for a 20 year period. The expected total generation of the three projects is over 500 GWh/year.

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“I am pleased to have been awarded these large scale projects in Mexico, a milestone in JinkoSolar’s expansion into overseas projects and its development as a global leader in the solar industry,” commented Mr. Xiande Li, Chairman of JinkoSolar. “I believe this demonstrates our brand name recognition, technological strength and financial capabilities in overseas markets. We are eager to jointly work with CFE and CENACE (Centro Nacional de Control de Energía) to develop renewable energy inMexico. We look forward to leveraging this win to further increase our growth momentum in Mexico and other emerging solar markets as we continue to seek project development opportunities in other markets.”

— Solar Builder magazine

JinkoSolar donates solar modules to Chinese Everest Expedition Team

jinkosolarThis story is pretty cool, and we mean that both as slang and its more literal definition. JinkoSolar Holding Co. is donating solar modules to the 2016 Chinese Everest Expedition Team that will be installed at the Team’s South Base Camp.

JinkoSolar’s modules will be used as one of the world’s highest altitude PV systems located at the Team’s South Base Camp in Kathmandu, Nepal. The South Base Camp’s entire infrastructure including power generation was destroyed during the 2015 Nepal earthquake and Everest avalanche. With reconstruction works in 2016 underway, frequent power outages have become a major problem. Using JinkoSolar modules, the new PV system will generate ample clean energy to meet the Team’s daily electricity needs and power communication systems between the camp and the expedition’s base camp. The use of clean energy will also serve as an example to protect the environment around the South Base Camp.

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“Our module’s exceptional performance under extreme conditions as well as their high efficiency and reliability make them the ideal choice for China’s Everest Expedition Team,” commented Mr. Xiande Li, Chairman of Jinkosolar. “JinkoSolar and China’s Everest Expedition Team both share the same values which focus on the constant pursuit of excellence, determination and perseverance. We are delighted to support the Team with our products and hope this will give them momentum to continue moving forward.”

JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in China, the United States, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Chile, South Africa, India, Mexico, Brazil, the United Arab Emirates, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, and other countries and regions. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 3 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 2.5 GW for solar cells, and 4.3 GW for solar modules, as of December 31, 2015.

— Solar Builder magazine