Solar rooftop. Author: Michael Coghlan. License: Creative Commons.
China's JinkoSolar Holding Co Ltd (NYSE:JKS) said Tuesday it has chosen US firm Andalay Solar Inc’s (OTCQB:WEST) Instant Connect frame technology for its new photovoltaic (PV) module line.
The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on June 16. As part of the pact, Andalay Solar, which designs and supplies integrated solar power systems, will provide its black frame, which has passed the UL1703 Type 1 Fire Classification and ensures fast and simple management and installation.
JinkoSolar will license the 60-cell polycrystalline product and start offering it on the US residential market in the second half of the year.
“With the current trend and success of rail-less mounting hardware in the residential segment, we are pleased to provide our customers with more options, such as the Andalay compatible solution, for mounting JinkoSolar modules on their roofs,” general manager of JinkoSolar (US) Inc, Nigel Cockroft, noted.
In a separate statement on Tuesday, JinkoSolar announced that it will be supplying its PV modules to the customer base of US distributed solar firm Vivint Solar under a new alliance. That move also targets US homeowners.