Chinese PV Industry Brief: JA Solar major winner in solar panel tender with 3.1 GW in bids


China Resource Power reported that the fourth tender for solar panels finished bidding, with four companies sharing a total of 5.1 GW in PV panel orders. JA Solar was the biggest winner with three bids totaling 3.1 GW in orders. Chint won 1.25 GW, new TOPCon player DaSolar took 600 MW and Jinko secured 150 MW. All panels will be 540 W or higher. Four other players participated in the biding, including Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, Risen and Eging PV.

Trina Solar has launched a new branch for upstream operations. The leading PV manufacturer and solar integrator recently established a new wholly controlled subsidiary company based in China's western Qinghai Province with registered capital of CNY 400 million ($60 million). The company will focus on the group's upstream business, including polysilicon production, ingot growing and wafer cutting.

Longi, the world’s largest solar company, announced that its name has been officially changed to LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, to reflect a more comprehensive business scale in renewable and green technology, including the recent announcement that it is entering thegreen hydrogen equipment manufacturing field. The company will retain the same stock code on the Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE), 601012.

China's southwestern province of Sichuan plans to add 10 GW of solar by the end of 2025. In its renewable energy development plan of the fourteenth five-year period (2021-2025), which was released on Tuesday by the provincial branch of the China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Sichuan will install over 40 GW of renewable energy sources by the end of 2025. This will include 24 GW of hydropower, 6 GW of wind power and 10 GW of solar PV. Additionally, around 74 MW of other renewable sources, including biomass power and waste-to-energy, will be built.

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