Chinese PV Industry Brief: 3 GW of panel procurement, new PV glass capacity


China National Nuclear Corp. (CNNC), one of China's largest state-owned energy groups, has launched a tender to procure 3 GW of solar modules. Seven manufacturers were awarded supply contracts: EGing PV, JinkoSolar, Risen Energy, JA Solar, Longi, Haitai Solar, and HN Redsolar. The first 300 MW tender lot for modules ranging in size from 330 W to 375 W saw EGing PV as the only winner, with a final price of RMB1.203 ($0.17) per watt. The second 1 GW lot – for modules ranging from 390 W to 400 W – saw Risen, HN Redsolar, and Jinko win with orders of 500 MW, 300 MW, and 200 MW, respectively. In the third 1.7 GW lot for panels above 440 W in size, the winners were Haitai Solar, JA Solar and Longi, with orders for 850 MW, 510 MW, and 340 MW, respectively.

Flat Glass said this week that it plans to raise funds via a RMB2 billion ($282.6 million) private share issuance. The Chinese PV glass manufacturer said it will invest around RMB1.4 billion in the second phase of its plan to expand its annual production capacity to 750,000 tons. It will use another RMB600 million to shore up its working capital. The second phase will likely be finalized within 18 months.

The China National Energy Administration (NEA) said this week that the country newly installed 596.4 MW of residential PV capacity in May,  from 403 MW in April. By the end of May, the country's total annual capacity additions in the segment had hit 1.26 GW. Shandong province again took the lead with 254 MW, followed by Hebei and Henan provinces. Total residential PV capacity is expected to hit 7 GW by the end of this year.

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