Solar power products manufacturer JA Solar Holdings Co. shipped 100 MW of modules to a large-scale solar farm in Pakistan.
Occupying 500 acres of land, the solar farm is located within the Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park in Bahawalpur, Pakistan. The Solar Park will serve to address the country's energy shortage and is a key project of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, an under-construction development program for energy and infrastructure projects to connect China to southern Pakistan and develop a new gateway for trade.
Energy demand in Pakistan has grown about 8 percent annually, leaving the country with an estimated deficit in energy production of 6 GW.
Punjab, the province in which the project is located, enjoys some of the highest solar irradiance in the world. With about 3,000 hours of sunlight each year, the region is highly suitable for photovoltaic power generation. This project is located in an arid region where temperatures reach up to 50 degrees Celsius during the summer. The extremely hot and dry climate demands the highest quality modules.
JA Solar supplied its modules under the supervision of PV Lab Germany GmbH, an authoritative third-party accredited laboratory that sets strict standards for raw material selection, manufacturing processes and quality inspection. JA Solar proved its reliability, high conversion efficiency and high power output by passing strict testing and shipping product on time. Tests included Electroluminescence Inspection and the 3xIEC Standard Thresher Test.