A 35 MW portion of the 250 MW Ashalim solar park in Israel was completed in late 2017 using mono PERC solar modules supplied by JA Solar, the Tier-1 Chinese solar company confirmed today.
The 35 MW PV plant is the first part of the project to be connected to the grid, with the remaining 215 MW of solar energy to be produced using concentrated solar power (CSP). The hybrid CSP-PV plant will be one of the largest of its kind in the world, once completed.
Located in the Negev Desert, the 250 MW Ashalim project is being pieced together by some of the solar industry’s most reliable and recognized names. France’s EDF is the overall developer, and is being supported by Belectric – which is the project’s EPC and will also provide O&M services – and local Israeli developer, Clal Sun.
JA Solar’s mono PERC modules were selected, the company says, for their ability to demonstrate lower instances of LID than competitors, and to perform well under the type of desert conditions found at the site.
“JA Solar has the largest market share in Israel,” company VP, Cao Bo said. “We believe this cooperation demonstrates our value proposition and track record of technical innovation with high-performance solar modules.”
Once the Ashalim project is completed, it will meet 2% of Israel’s electricity demand.
Germany’s Belectric, which realized the PV segment of the plant ahead of schedule, has now developed around 200 MW of solar projects in Israel, across 17 individual projects. The EPC is currently working on a 120 MW solar PV plant near to the community of Tze’elim, also in the Negev Desert.