Hanwha Q Cells, the South Korea-based manufacturer of solar cells and modules, will ship 135 MW of solar panels to U.S. solar installer Sunrun in 2016 tripling the volume of panels it supplied to the company in 2015 and becoming one of its main module suppliers next year.
The partnership will help Sunrun to continue its solid expansion across the U.S. residential solar sector. With solar panels manufactured in China still subjected to trade duties, Hanwha Q Cells is in a strong position to capitalize on expected U.S. solar growth in 2016 because its production sites in South Korea and Malaysia are exempt from duties.
Hanwha Q Cells will supply its Q.PRO BFR-G4 and Q.PLUS BFR-G4 solar modules to Sunrun, which use multi c-Si PERC cells to achive more power than industry-standard solutions, the company claims.
According to Hanwha Q Cells America president Justin Lee, the agreement with Sunrun serves to solidify the relationship between the two companies as Sunrun embarks on extending its reach further into the growing U.S. residential market.
"Sunrun is committed to providing simple, affordable solar to homeowners and creating a great customer experience," said Sunrun COO Paul Winnowski. "This agreement with Hanwha Q cells will enable us to continue doing so in the coming year."
In the summer Sunrun passed the milestone of 100,000 customers in the U.S., with its collective customer base capable of generating 1.3 TW of solar electricity. The company has the third-largest market share in the U.S. residential sector, behind SolarCity and Vivint Solar.