JA Solar hits 7 GW of mono PV module shipments

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Tier-1 vertically integrated Chinese solar company JA Solar in mid-July hit 7 GW of shipments of its monocrystalline PV products – a decade after the company first began production of the technology.

Founded in 2005, JA Solar’s production line first began producing mono PV products in March 2006, and has hit various milestones since then. In 2010, the company became one of the largest suppliers of P-type mono cells in the industry, and then later transformed its chief focus from cells to modules.

In 2013 JA Solar shipped just 500 MW of monocrystalline modules, but saw that figure rise to 1 GW in 2014 and expects to hit 2 GW this year. The introduction last year of China’s Front Runner project – which aims to drive higher efficiency, lower cost per watt and improved quality among the country’s leading cell and module producers – is viewed by JA Solar as a significant growth opportunity.

The firm has already provided $22 MW modules for the national advanced PV technology demonstration project in Datong, Shanxi province, including some 303 MW of its mono modules for the project, which has a target of 1 GW. JA Solar is expected to supply 42% of that figure, the company said.

"Reaching the shipments of 7 GW monocrystalline modules demonstrates consumers’ confidence in the quality of such products and the popularity of our high-efficiency products on the market," said JA Solar president Jian Xie. "As the trend of mono modules recovers in China, we intend to further bolster our track record of innovations in technology, with the goals of better conversion efficiency and improved manufacturing processes."