September 18 (Renewables Now) - Chinese monocrystalline solar products maker LONGi Solar will be teaming up with Tunisian project developer SHAMS Technology to co-develop photovoltaic (PV) projects in African markets.
LONGi Solar said in a statement today that the two firms have entered into a Memorandum of Intent (MoI) with regard to the proposed long-term cooperation. They will be working together in markets where SHAMS has an active partner network, according to the announcement.
The first project under the partnership is of 10-MW capacity and is located in Kasserine, within the west-central part of Tunisia. LONGi and SHAMS intend to supply and install half of the 200 MW of PV Tunisia plans to deploy by 2022, the statement says. The modules offered there by the pair will be marketed under the "SHAMS-LONGi" brand.
“We expect Africa to become the world's third largest market for PV systems in the medium term,” said Richard For, Vice President of LONGi Solar.