JA Solar ships 100 MW of modules to Pakistan solar park

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Chinese solar module manufacturer JA Solar has revealed today that it has shipped 100 MW of PV modules to a utility-scale solar farm in Pakistan.

The project – which will occupy 500 acres of land in the region of Bahawalpur in Punjab – will play a key role in the burgeoning China-Pakistan Economic Corridor and help boost Pakistan’s plans to plug its energy gap.

The Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park is a flagship project of the Economic Corridor, which is being co-developed by the two nations to create a new gateway for trade across a region that has suffered from chronic underdevelopment in recent years.

Pakistan’s Punjab province boasts extremely high levels of solar irradiance, delivering hot and dry conditions that prove demanding for JA Solar’s modules.

According to the company, the modules were supplied under the supervision of PV Lab Germany GmbH, which assessed their suitability for the project. The lab authoritatively tested the modules on raw material selection, manufacturing process and overall quality. All tests – which included electroluminescence inspection and 3xIEC Standard Thresher tests – were passed, with the modules shipping on time.

"The harsh and arid climate in Pakistan is a great challenge for our solar modules," said JA Solar’s COO Yong Liu. "Successfully shipping 100 MW of our modules is a testament to the high quality and reliability of our products."

JA Solar’s president, Jian Xie, added that the creation of the Quaid-e-Azan Solar Park will prove an alluring attraction for other foreign investors keen to tap into Pakistan’s growing energy network. Currently, the country suffers from regular blackouts and it is estimated there is a 6 GW shortfall in energy generation capacity and demand.

"By completing 100 MW of shipments to Pakistan, JA Solar has achieved a new milestone in its efforts to expand globally into new markets," said Xie. "As a module supplier for the first large-scale solar farm in Pakistan, we proved that our cost-effective products will add significant value for our downstream customers by increasing power generation and reducing installation costs."