JA Solar Panels Chosen For PV-Diesel Power Project

JA Solar Panels

JA Solar announced yesterday the company has supplied 11MW of its high-efficiency solar modules for the largest PV-diesel hybrid power station project in North Africa.

Located in the Red Sea region of Egypt, developed by Masdar and funded by the government of Abu Dhabi, the 14MW total-capacity project will generate electricity to be used in conjunction with the tourism sector.

The project consists of four power plants – Marsa Alam, Shalateen, Abu Ramad and Halayeb. In addition to substantial cost savings, the plants are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 42,700 tons each year.

Solar panels need to be particularly robust to survive the conditions dished up in the Red Sea region.

“Because the project is located in the desert and will experience extreme climatic conditions, it has stringent requirements for highly reliable modules,” said Mr. Jian Xie, President of JA Solar.

“Our winning bid demonstrates the high quality and reliability of our modules and the broad international recognition of our products.”

JA Solar has been doing particularly well over the past year. Among its milestones, in October 2015 the company opened a manufacturing plant in Malaysia – its first production facility outside of China. Last month, JA Solar announced it had commenced production at a new manufacturing facility in Xingtai, Hebei province, China.

Also in May, the company said it was providing 420MW of modules for China’s “Front Runner” project in Datong, Shanxi province; the first phase of which will have a capacity of 950MW. The Chinese government were very particular when vetting PV suppliers for the project. Conversion efficiency of polycrystalline and monocrystalline modules was required to exceed 16.5% and 17% respectively; with low degradation rates over a module’s entire serviceable life.

2016 has been a big year for JA Solar so far. The first quarter of 2016 saw JA Solar ship 1,038.3 MW of solar panels and cells to external customers (up 52.4% year over year) and 90.0 MW of modules for the company’s own downstream projects.

JA solar panels are becoming a common sight on Australian rooftops, offering solid performance in our often harsh conditions – and without a hefty price tag. JA Solar Panels feature in Energy Matters’ Performance range of solar power systems.