After starting operations early in 2017, the Turkey-based factory of Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical Co., Ltd (“HT-SAAE”) has already secured solar orders for more than 300 MW with customers from Turkey, Europe and the United States.
“We chose Turkey as the home for our overseas facility for its location and booming PV market.” said Ruan Zhongli, vice president of PV business at HT-SAAE. “As a transcontinental country in Eurasia, it is like a corridor through which we can get to both Europe and the United States.”
In Turkey, solar hopes remain high. Following 230% YoY growth with 571 MW of new solar PV systems added in 2016, expectations from BNEF are that the country’s cumulative capacity could be increased by 1 GW this year.
The Chinese manufacturer’s Turkey plant is expected to produce 300MW of PV cells and 600MW of PV modules annually, and bring some 500 jobs opportunities to the country.
This week, HT-SAAE is attending Intersolar Europe in Munich, where it has brought several of its PV module breakthroughs.