Shunfeng targeting 900MW of UK PV projects using Wuxi Suntech solar modules


By Mark Osborne - 08 May 2014, 11:11

Shunfeng Photovoltaic International is working with German EPC firm, Greenfield Solar International to build PV power plants in the UK totalling 900MW by the end of 2015. Image: Wuxi Suntech

China-based photovoltaics energy provider, Shunfeng Photovoltaic International, is working with German EPC firm, Greenfield Solar International to build PV power plants in the UK totalling 900MW by the end of 2015.

Shunfeng, which recently acquired Wuxi Suntech, the manufacturing operations of  leading PV manufacturer Suntech Power Holdings, said that the jointly developed PV power plants would use Wuxi Suntech’s 60 cell polycrystalline modules with plans for 400MW of UK power plants in 2014 and 500MW by the end of 2015.

“This partnership highlights Shunfeng’s strategy to become the largest integrated clean energy supplier globally – integrated not only in terms of manufacturing but also in terms of developing and owning clean energy producing assets,” said Zhang Yi, the chairman of the group.

“Based on Suntech’s strong market presence in the solar cell and solar module market in Europe, the cooperation with Greenfield can strengthen the sales channel and secure orders for our solar products and entrench our market position in the global PV market. Meanwhile, it unveils a new milestone for the group to embark on the development solar farm in Europe that leads us to become the leading clean energy enterprise in the world.”

The projects are expected to range in size from 10MW to 40MW, according to the company.



Solar PV could reach 10% of global power generation capacity by 2020: UBS

by GILES PARKINSON on MAY 13, 2014


     Solar PV could reach 10 per cent of global capacity by the end of the decade, says global investment bank UBS, as production costs continue to fall and major economies continue to lay a path for further deployment.

In a new report, UBS analysts say solar’s dramatic growth is assured because it is no longer dependent on a single, subsidised market, as it once was with Germany.

     The biggest markets for solar PV are now found in the three biggest economies – China, the USA & Japan – and markets in emerging economies are also important, and in some cases sustainable with no subsidies.

     “The most fundamental point is that solar growth is now coming from different regions in the world,” the UBS analysts write. “As such its future is more assured than when all of the growth was driven by feed-in tariffs in Europe in general and Germany in particular.”

     UBS believes annual installations will grow to around 100 GW by 2019 and will become critical in many markets because it can provide technology at the same cost, whether used for a solar torch or a large utility scale installation.

     One of the key drivers will be at the point of consumption, the distributed market, where solar can arbitrage the grid system by avoiding the grid cost, which represents about 50% of the cost of buying electricity from the grid in country’s such as Australia.

Largest solar plant in Latin America nearing completion, Suntech supplies 132,000 solar modules for the project.

 Published on July 24, 2013

 Written by Amanda H. Miller



30 MW  solar PV field doubles installed capacity in Mexico


   WUXI, China, July 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. one of the world's largest solar companies, today announced that it is supplying the photovoltaic modules for the largest solar power plant in Latin America, a 30 MW plant in La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico.


   The 132,000 Suntech Ve and Vd panels will be installed by Martifer Solar, a Portugal-based fully-integrated solar company, on a 100-hectares site. Owned by Corporacion Aura Solar, the project is being developed by Gauss Energia, a leading Mexican energy project developer focused on renewable energy.

   The project has strong financial support from Mexican local development bank NAFIN, and from the International Finance Corporation. It is Mexico's first utility-scale solar project with a Power Purchase Agreement from Mexico's federal power company.


    E.L. McDaniel, Managing Director of Suntech America, said, "We are very excited to supply the panels for the largest solar field in Latin America. With Mexico's excellent sunlight and strong renewable energy demand, we expect to see excellent growth of PV in the region."


   Henrique Rodrigues, CEO of Martifer Solar, said, "The construction of Latin America's largest PV plant confirms our best expectations for 2013. This is an emblematic project for Martifer Solar, in a region that, due to its irradiation characteristics, finds solar electricity as a viable and more competitive alternative, when compared with non-renewable energy sources. We consider Mexico as a key market in Martifer Solar's internationalization strategy."


    Hector Olea, CEO of Gauss Energia, said, "Aura Solar is the first project of a larger initiative that aims to become a platform to develop utility-scale PV facilities in Mexico. With Mexico's solar potential expected to reach around 2,000 MW by 2020, Aura Solar has broken ground in the PV sector, and it is paving the way for future projects in the field. We are quite satisfied to have worked with Suntech and Martifer on this project."


   The plant will have a production capacity of 82 GWh/year, equivalent to offsetting more than 60,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.    The plant's construction is scheduled to be completed in August 2013.



Suntech Launches7.5 MW of Off-Grid Projectsto Power Schools and Villages in Malaysia


Posted on 29/-7/2014


    "Thanks to its recent acquisition by Hong Kong-based Shunfeng Photovoltaics Ltd., Suntech has the best financial balance sheet within the solar industry and is pursuing a new business strategy that will make it the largest integrated clean energy provider globally"



    Wuxi, China,July 29, 2014/Press Release/: Wuxi Suntech, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of PV modules, announced that it will provide PV panels for 7.5 MW of off-grid projects to power rural schools and villages in Malaysia.

    The announcementfalls under a government initiative, the Rural Solar Hybrid Electricity Project for Villages and Schools in the Interior,overseen by the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development. The project was launched recently and is set to be completed in several phases and continue into 2017. The first phase will provide 960 kW to power three schools- SK NangaMetah, SK Nanga Janan and SK Sungai Tunoh – as well as to 20 surrounding villages. The subsequentrollout of the project will reach a total of 7.5 MW of electricity to additional rural schools and villages.

    The PV modules will form a micro-grid system set to provide 24 hour electricity to three schools and20 surrounding villages. The system will consist of Suntech’s high-efficiency, VDE Quality Tested modules.
    “We have been working diligently with our partners Helios Photovoltaics and the Malaysian government for several years to launch this revolutionary project. We’re using diesel generators and German battery packs to backup Suntech’s best in class PV Modules in this system. Many locations in the region are only accessible via boat or helicopter and have previously been left to rely on diesel generation for power. These new micro-grid systems will help to significantly reduce diesel costs and cut 10,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year, providing clean, reliable energy for the schools and villages in Sarawak. We are extremely proud of our work with Helios and the Malaysian Government that has enabled us to bring this project tofruition,” said Samuel Zhang, sales director for APMEA & China at Suntech.

    Thanks to its recent acquisition by Hong Kong-based Shunfeng Photovoltaics Ltd., Suntech has the best financial balance sheet within the solar industry and is pursuing a new business strategy that will make it the largest integrated clean energy provider globally. Suntech will provide one-stop access to the Shunfeng family of companies with capabilities in design, engineering, manufacturing, construction, finance, insurance, operation and maintenance, energy storage, solar products and applications.
    For further information on Suntech please contact: Vera Wu, 6809 1723


     About Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd.
Wuxi Suntech Power Co., Ltd., a company incorporated in the PRC in January 2001, produces industry-leading solar products for residential, commercial, industrial, and utility applications. Suntech has delivered more than 30 million photovoltaic panels or 8 GWs of installed capacity to more than 1 thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech's pioneering R&D creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity against fossil fuels. Suntech's mission is to provide reliable access to nature's cleanest and most abundant energy source.

A new dawn for Suntech Australia  



EcoGeneration — October 2014


 At Clean Energy Week 2014 in Sydney,EcoGeneration caught up with Suntech Australia Managing Director Jenny Lu to chat about the company’s acquisition by Shunfeng Photovoltaics and its commitment to R&D.


  Suntech Australia was acquired by Hong Kong-based Shunfeng Photovoltaics. Can you explain what this will mean for your Australian customers?

  The acquisition by Shunfeng Photovoltaics means we are now in a much stronger financial position and can offer bankability and stability to our Australian customers. This is one of the most important things customers look for when dealing with manufacturers and suppliers.

  Secondly, in addition to providing high-quality, low-cost modules, we also want to work towards becoming a complete clean energy power solutions company. This will give our customers more choice. Previously, we only supplied modules, and we are now looking to provide good quality inverters to the Australian solar market. The acquisition by   Shunfeng means we are closer to achieving this goal.

  Additionally, Shunfeng is a public company, it is not well known outside of China. It specialises in down-stream project development and last year alone, the company connected more than 800 megawatts to the grid. One of the reasons Shunfeng acquired Suntech Australia, was to expand into the overseas market and this represented a good platform to do so. Suntech has a strong reputation globally and Shunfeng wanted to use this opportunity to replicate its success overseas.


  With the support of Shunfeng, Suntech is also now able to offer financial solutions to our customers, which means we can co-invest directly into downstream projects.


  How is your marketing strategy in Australia going to evolve as a result of the acquisition?

  The biggest challenge for us is that the market doesn’t know much about what has happened to Suntech during the past 18 months. The first stage of this strategy is to communicate to the market what we want to do and what our commitment to the industry is. We want our customers to be confident on the existing guarantees and about our future, as well as the relationship between Suntech Australia and Shunfeng.

  The second stage of this strategy will involve doing something even bigger to communicate to our customers that we have achieved in terms of downstream project development. We are working to transfer our image as a panel manufacturer to that of an integrated clean energy supplier.

  Over the last seven years, we have acquired a very loyal customer base and we want to work with them and pass the right message on to the end-user about the benefits solar can bring for households and businesses. This will be a strong focus over the next 12 months. More education, more installer training, town hall meetings and more direct engagement with the end-users. We plan to hold lessons and seminars which will be open to the public.

  The last 18 months has been challenging but during this time the company continued to invest in R&D. We have over 100 scientists working on different projects, and while there have been cuts to the research budget, the team continued to work on these projects with the budget that was available.


  How do you expect to see the Australian solar industry evolve in the next 12 months and what is your outlook for the next 5 to 10 years?

  I don’t want to pretend to have a crystal ball. For the last seven years we have seen the Australian policy landscape change frequently. However, the overall overseas trend is one of growth and we do think now is a good time to enter into the Australian solar market. Even without the support of government policy, we believe that the Australian solar industry will grow.

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