JA Solar celebrates South Pacific market 'breakthrough'


JA Solar is celebrating what it calls a ‘breakthrough’ in the South Pacific market in 2014.

According to the company, its projects in New Zealand, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Fiji represent major steps in the development of solar in the region. The company points to its 1 MW Cook Islands Raratonga Airport project, which is the first solar power station in the islands; the 350 KW Auckland Shopping Centre Project, making it the largest solar installation in New Zealand; the 1.96 MW Tuvalu Islands Project, which is the largest off-grid system established by the New Zealand government; the 128 KE Papua New Guinea Centre Tower Project; and the 550 KW Fiji Radisson Hotel Project. In particular, JA Solar claims that its new partnership with Radisson will be the first of many potential installations for the hotel chain throughout the pacific.

Jian Xie, president of JA Solar, added, "As the first projects of their kind in the region, these model projects are of great significance in terms of developing clean and renewable energy, protecting ecological environment, upgrading power supply structure and accelerating the sustainable development of the economy in the region. This breakthrough in the South Pacific region is a new milestone in our effort to expand globally into new markets and reflects our ever-growing global influence."

The South Pacific announcement is the latest in a roll of good news for the Chinese manufacturer. Earlier this month, it reported that it had increased its module capacity in China by 20 per cent this year. In addition, the company has announced that it is shipping 100 MW of modules to a solar park in Pakistan and saw a 55.6 per cent module shipment increase in Q3 of last year.