Yingli reports "significant" US growth

Speaking at the Intersolar North America trade show, which opened its doors today in San Francisco, the Chinese photovoltaic module manufacturer said that its subsidiary Yingli Green Energy Americas, Inc. has seen "significant" growth in the U.S. market.

Notably, it says it has shipped more modules during the first half of this year than it did throughout the whole of 2010. Overall, it expects to capture 15 percent of the North American solar market in 2011.

Liansheng Miao, chairman and CEO, commented: "As today’s announcement demonstrates, we are fully dedicated to the Americas (…) We expect this ever-growing market would comprise over 15 percent of our global sales in 2011, and will be a pivotal driver for realizing our vision of a clean energy future."

In other news, Yingli Americas has also announced the opening of a new research and development facility in South San Francisco. It will undertake "comprehensive" product testing and evaluation.

"Our new research and development lab will accelerate our understanding of module performance and reliability," explained Brian Grenko, director of operations for Yingli Americas. "This investment will enable us to more quickly evaluate new technologies, deliver next generation products, and better serve our customers throughout all stages of a project’s life cycle."

Finally, the company has released its YGE-Z Series module onto the market. Having signed a strategic licensing agreement with Zep Solar, the modules have been designed to include Zep’s patented Groove feature. They are also compatible with Enphase’s microinverters.