JA Solar to Supply 100 MW Modules for Subsidy-Free Projects in Spain

JA Solar has been selected to supply modules to two 50 MW solar power plants in Extremadura, Spain, with 100 MW high-efficiency mono PERC modules.

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JA Solar,  a leading manufacturer of high-performance photovoltaic products, has announced that it is to supply modules to two 50 MW solar power plants in Alvarado-La Risca, a town in the region of Extremadura, Spain, with 100 MW high-efficiency mono PERC modules. The power plants are expected to enter operation in the third quarter of 2020.

Developed and built by a Spanish solar company – Solarpack, the two subsidy-free projects were recently acquired by Green Investment Group Limited (GIG), which signed a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Shell Energy Europe Limited. PPA is one of the key factors driving the Spanish PV market back to the Gigawatt scale and leads investors to focus more on the power generating capability and long-term performance of solar modules.

The 100 MW modules supplied by JA Solar used solar cells manufactured with Gallium-doped silicon wafers. In 2019, JA Solar was granted with the IP rights on doping silicon crystals with Ga and using the Ga-doped p-type crystalline silicon wafers for making solar cells over various nations and regions where the related patents covered. The application of Ga-doped silicon wafers can effectively mitigate the initial light-induced degradation (LID) that solar cells using boron-doped p-type silicon wafers having long suffered. It enables the solar modules with long-term performance, stability, and improved return of investment.

In January, the Chinese module manufacturer had announced that it is planning to invest CNY 6.6 billion (USD 947.7 million) for the establishment of two new solar PV manufacturing plants in China with a combined annual production capacity close to 15 GW. The firm intends to build a production facility in Yiwu city where it will be able to make 5 GW of solar PV cells per year, while a new 10-GW factory will produce PV modules.

Prior to that in December 2019, it was reported that the firm had won the bid for supplying 490 MW of high-efficiency modules for Huanghe Hydropower’s ultra-high voltage (UHV) Transmission Project in Qinghai Province, China. Huanghe Hydropower is a subsidiary of SPIC (State Power Investment Corporation), one of the biggest power investors in China. The project, with a scale of 3.1 GW, is the world’s leading UHV demonstration project. This is also of great significance for the application of new technologies and the exploration of deploying renewable energy projects with UHV.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at saurenergy.com and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for iamrenew.com.