JA Solar, Powerway to build solar module plant in South Africa

Source:Powerway

JA Solar and Powerway to build solar module plant in South Africa with an initial annualized capacity of 150 MW.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, and Powerway PV SA Pty., Ltd (PWSA), a leading provider of comprehensive solar farm construction services, today announced that they have formed a Joint Venture to establish a solar module manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.

The facility, located in Port Elizabeth’s COEGA Industrial Development Zone, will service customers in South Africa and the broader Southern African region with solar modules assembled from JA Solar’s high-efficiency cells. 

Production is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2014, with the plant targeted to reach an initial annualized capacity of 150 MW. At a BBBEE level 3 status, the facility is expected to provide over 200 employment opportunities to the local community within the first year of Production JA Solar and Powerway South Africa have the option to expand the production capacity of the facility up to 600 MW to meet growth in regional demand. 

Visit PennEnergy's comprehensive Renewable Energy topic center to access industry focused articles and reports

Mr. Baofang Jin, executive chairman and CEO of JA Solar, commented, "This facility will play a crucial role, as we seek to benefit from the significant growth potential across the Southern African region. Improved cost-effectiveness is making solar an increasingly attractive energy alternative in South Africa. Having a presence on the ground will give us the local knowledge and qualification needed to identify and pursuit the best commercial opportunities while providing better services to our customers. 

We’re delighted to be working with Powerway South Africa, which has built up a powerful brand and an extensive sales network in South Africa through a long-established track record.”

“We’re seeing increasing demand for quality solar modules in the South African market and the central position of this facility means it is ideally located  for Exports from the COEGA Port and will serve project sites in Northern Cape, Western Cape,Gauteng and the greater Southern Africa region.” said Mr. Charles Domingo Managing Director of Powerway South Africa  “We already have a long and fruitful relationship with JA Solar and are delighted to be extending that into a new and exciting market.”

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...

Reduce Engineering Project Complexity

Engineering document management presents unique and complex challenges. A solution based in Enter...

Revolutionizing Asset Management in the Electric Power Industry

With the arrival of the Industrial Internet of Things, data is growing and becoming more accessib...

Latest PennEnergy Jobs

PennEnergy Oil & Gas Jobs