JA Solar opens a new 1.5 GW module manufacturing facility in China


JA Solar’s huge strides from a cell maker to one of the world’s largest module makers continue with the opening of a new PV module manufacturing facility in Xingtai, China. The fully automated, hi-tech facility will have the annual capacity to produce 1.5 GW worth of modules and enhances the company’s goal of increasing its manufacturing capacity.

The facility will be producing 60-cell and 72-cell high performance PV panels, using the latest module manufacturing technologies on fully automated assembly lines, which can all either make regular modules of double-glass modules. The modules will primarily be using high-efficiency PERCIUM cells, representing the cutting-edge of solar technology.

The site is located in the Economic Development District of Xingtai city, and has been designed for optimum energy efficiency, by including module assembly, test and measurement, stockrooms and warehouse all in one facility.

“The grand opening of our fully automated module manufacturing facility in Xingtai marks JA Solar taking one step forward in terms of intelligent manufacturing,” said Baofang Jin, JA Solar’s Executive Chairman of the board and CEO. “We will keep focusing on technological innovation as well as continue to improve the performance of our products to meet our customers’ demand for high quality products.”

JA Solar’s expanding manufacturing capacity

The opening of the manufacturing facility in Xingtai, China, is just one in a string of new manufacturing capacity expansions being undertaken by the Chinese company. Last October, JA Solar completed a cell and module factory in Malaysia, while also signing an MOU with Essel Infraprojects Limited to build a 500 MW PV manufacturing facility in India.

Further afield, the Chinese company is building a module manufacturing facility in Brazil. This factory will be used to supply the growing PV market in Latin America, which JA Solar is hoping to take full advantage of.

Making sure that the products that the company is producing are top of the range, JA Solar recently signed an agreement with Swiss technology group Meyer Burger for its PERC solar cell and wafer production equipment. The total annual output of the equipment will be approximately 1.5 GW and will be commissioned in the second half of 2016.