Talesun, ARTsolar cut ribbon on 325-MW solar module factory in S Africa
Waterloo solar park, South Africa.
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November 7 (Renewables Now) - Talesun Solar Co Ltd, a photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing unit of China’s Zhongli Group, on Monday announced the commissioning of a 325-MW solar module production plant in South Africa.
The manufacturing facility is a joint project of Talesun and South African manufacturer ARTsolar. It was built to meet the requirements of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s (DMRE) Risk Mitigation IPP Procurement (RMIPPP). The specific programme is a 2-GW procurement round, under which eight preferred bids for a total of 1,845 MW were announced in March 2021.
The plant’s operations will serve as a “catalyst and model for the quality-focused development of not only the local PV industry but also the whole of the local economy,” Talesun said. The Chinese firm added that its partnership with ARTsolar is devoted to the supply of high-performance PV modules to South Africa and the broader US and European markets.
Talesun’s annual production capacity currently stands at 16 GW for single-crystal PV cells and 20 GW for PV modules.
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