So­lar panel maker hits mile­stone

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - BUSINESS COMPANIES - By YU WEI in San Fran­cisco yuwei12@chi­nadai­

Yingli Green En­ergy Hold­ing Co Ltd , the world’s largest pho­to­voltaic mod­ule man­u­fac­turer in terms of ship­ments, said that its wholly owned sub­sidiary, Yingli Green En­ergy Amer­i­cas, has achieved the mile­stone of more than 1 gi­gawatt of PV mod­ules de­liv­ered to over 30,000 projects across the Amer­i­can con­ti­nents and the Caribbean.

“Yingli Amer­i­cas’ suc­cess is an­chored in our phi­los­o­phy of es­tab­lish­ing long-term re­la­tion­ships with cus­tomers who value qual­ity, ser­vice, tech­ni­cal sup­port and team­work,” said Robert Pet­rina, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Yingli Amer­i­cas. “We pride our­selves on be­ing re­spon­sive, find­ing creative so­lu­tions to chal­leng­ing prob­lems and, above all else, de­liv­er­ing on our com­mit­ments.”

One way Yingli stays fo­cused on meet­ing the needs of lo­cal cus­tomers is by op­er­at­ing a highly so­phis­ti­cated re­gional test­ing lab, as well as a re­search and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­ity in the United States called PV Test­ing Lab (PVTL).

“The Cal­i­for­nia-based PVTL pro­vides re­gional cus­tomers with tech­ni­cal sup­port and ser­vices,” Pet­rina ex­plained. “Ad­di­tion­ally, it con­trib­utes to our global R&D ef­forts by test­ing new prod­ucts and pro­to­types, and con­duct­ing ex­ten­sive char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity test­ing.

“Through th­ese ef­forts we have built a rep­u­ta­tion for the kinds of ser­vice, qual­ity and re­spon­sive­ness that are cru­cial to the suc­cess of so­lar projects,” he added.

Yingli Amer­i­cas, a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Yingli Green En­ergy Hold­ing Co, was founded in 2009 with two US of­fices in New York and San Fran­cisco.

Yingli Amer­i­cas’ projects span the res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial and util­ity mar­kets, and they in­clude more than 28,000 homes, 3,000 in­sti­tu­tions and busi­nesses and 50 util­ity-scale projects. Ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia So­lar Ini­tia­tive, 1 gW of in­stalled PV fa­cil­i­ties would meet the en­ergy needs of more than 200,000 aver­age Amer­i­can house­holds, ac­cord­ing to a com­pany press re­lease.

Yingli Green En­ergy’s PV mod­ules are used by many iconic in­sti­tu­tions in the Amer­i­cas, in­clud­ing Har­vard Univer­sity, Kaiser Per­ma­nente hos­pi­tals, the New York Jets team head­quar­ters, and Rio de Janeiro’s Mara­cana Sta­dium.

“Our mod­ules are among the most re­li­able and best-per­form­ing in the in­dus­try. They have even ex­celled in in­dus­try-wide en­ergy yield tests con­ducted by in­de­pen­dent test­ing labs,” Pet­rina said.

“At our PV Test­ing Lab in Cal­i­for­nia, we run re­li­a­bil­ity tests us­ing cus­tom­ized test­ing pro­to­cols that far ex­ceed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion grade tests.”

Chi­nese so­lar-panel mak­ers have been hit ex­tremely hard by shrink­ing de­mand for their prod­ucts since the Euro­pean Union and the US im­posed anti-dump­ing and anti-sub­sidy tar­iffs on them last year.

In Novem­ber, the US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion voted to slap a uni­lat­eral tar­iff of 36 per­cent on Sun­tech Power Hold­ings Co Ltd’s so­lar cells, a panel com­po­nent, made in China. The Chi­nese so­lar-panel man­u­fac­turer closed its first and only US man­u­fac­tur­ing plant in April of this year.

Pet­rina noted that the mar­ket fun­da­men­tals of sup­ply and de­mand are im­prov­ing across the var­i­ous chan­nels Yingli op­er­ates in.

“We sup­ply trade-com­pli­ant mod­ules to the US, and en­sure that they’re of the same high qual­ity that we are known for. We are also pleased to put the trade case be­hind us. Mile­stones like to­day’s are in­dica­tive of our com­mit­ment to suc­cess,” he said.

Pet­rina be­lieves this up­ward trend is likely to con­tinue in the US.

“We see tremen­dous op­por­tu­ni­ties across all seg­ments of the US mar­ket, from dis­tri­bu­tion to res­i­den­tial, com­mer­cial, in­sti­tu­tional and util­ity projects,” he said.

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