JA Solar recently achieved a milestone of shipping 7 GW of cumulative mono-crystalline solar PV modules globally.
The Chinese solar cell and modules manufacturer started production of solar PV modules in 2005 and became the largest producer of p-type mono-crystalline modules in 2010. The company managed to grow rapidly with the increasing demand within China due to the massive annual capacity addition targets.
The company has also been selected to provide modules for the ‘Front Runner’ technology demonstration project launched by the Chinese government. In a recent press release, the Nasdaq-listed company reported that it will supply 420 MW solar power modules for the ‘Front Runner’ programme. The entire first phase of the project will see implementation of 950 MW capacity.
The programme will help JA Solar integrate significant efficiency improvements into its existing product range. Among the various technical parameters the modules must meet is that the conversion efficiency monocrystalline modules must exceed 17%.
JA Solar will set up 50 MW project on its own and will supply 350 MW capacity modules to six other companies selected under the programme.
Apart from China, the company has been a major brand supplying modules across the world including developed markets such as Europe and the US as well as emerging markets like South America and Asia. The company also operates eight factories across Europe, the US and Japan. The company recently announced plans to set up the largest overseas manufacturing unit in Vietnam.