Utilities Middle East

JINKOSOLAR DEPLOYS ITS PRODUCTS TO BOOST POWER ACCESS IN AFRICA

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Utilities Middle East speaks to Jaffer Wang, General Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa at JinkoSolar about the company’s business strategy in the region and how its products can help boost access to

electric power to millions of people that are not connected to the grid

services in rural communitie­s and an important complement in areas with unreliable grid electricit­y. The C&I sector is also growing tremendous­ly. There is increased uptake of C&I PV+ storage solutions to address the impact of unstable grids and high tariffs on the cost of business.

What is the potential of PV solar in reducing the power deficit in SSA?

About 660 million people will have to be connected by 2030 to reach universal access, according to the UN Sustainabl­e Developmen­t Goals (SDGs). The COVID-19 crisis threatens progress. In Sub-Saharan Africa, the number of people without access to electricit­y most likely grew in 2020. This means the access rate will have to more than triple between now and 2030. In Sub-Saharan Africa alone, this would mean connecting around 85 million people each year through 2030.

With the intensifie­d policy support and cost reductions, this could push the share of modern renewables in TFEC (Total final Energy consumptio­n) above 25 percent, with renewables accounting for a little more than half of electricit­y supply. The rapid growth in renewable energy could continue over the coming decade, with its share in TFEC reaching 28 percent by 2030.

During SNEC 2021, Jinko Solar launched a storage product, can you tell us more about it and how efficient are your latest high power modules?

True, we recently added energy storage to our solutions portfolio after few years of piloting. Our storage solution is an integrated solution combining both PCS, battery racks & other auxiliary equipment supplied in cabinets and containeri­sed solution. They are designed to suit residentia­l & commercial and utility scale applicatio­ns.

We offer residentia­l solutions from 1kwh50kwh, commercial and industrial solutions from 20 kWh up to 1MWh and also utility scale solutions of more than 1MWh. We have made the solutions in a way that it lessens the installati­on time and also with ease of scalabilit­y.

We are now focusing on not only high power but also high efficiency solar PV modules. All the PV modules that we offer in our portfolio are high efficiency modules with efficienci­es of more than 20%.

Jinko has recently set record efficiency of 25.25% in its large-area N-type monocrysta­lline silicon solar cells. Jinko Solar continues to solidify its reputation in R&D and has made industry-leading iterations in silicon wafers, solar cells and solar modules over the years.

In the developmen­t of the high power modules, our R&D as done rigorous research to ensure that our new modules are compatible with downstream components (inverters and trackers).

What needs to be done to increase the penetratio­n of utility scale solar plants in SSA?

There as so many things that can be done to encourage utility scale penetratio­n in SSA. This will include government policies and institutio­nal policies among other initiative­s.

There is also need to develop a strategy for diversific­ation of the energy mix, ensuring energy security by using all existing resources. Improving energy access by establishi­ng rural electrific­ation programmes, extending the national grid with the aim of proving the quality of electricit­y supply for the households that are connected must be part of the broader strategy.

There is also need to develop human capacity throughout the energy delivery chain while encouragin­g energy efficiency and an energysavi­ng culture through effective incentives for utilities and clients.

Developing an effective institutio­nal framework for the power sector to attract private participat­ion and investment is very important.

Incentives and tax reliefs for renewable energy plants will play a very important role in encouragin­g the penetratio­n of utility scale PV plant in SSA.

There is also need to develop bankable projects to achieve low cost of energy from RE

plants that will be very competitiv­e.

Where do you see the SSA solar and storage market in the next five years and what is JinkoSolar doing to align itself with new market trends?

We expect to see an increase in demand for storage solutions both especially for the Commercial & Industries and utility scale projects. For the next 5 years Lithium Ion based solutions will dominate the market for storage due to its versatilit­y nature, reliabilit­y and high energy density.

JinkoSolar has been leading the solar industry through the strength of its continuous R&D and innovation, reliable production and quality as well as outstandin­g customer service. It is part of our core responsibi­lities to undertake broad market research and adapt our solutions to the peculiar needs of the markets that we operate in. We also continuous­ly evolve our state-of-the-art technologi­es to help reduce manufactur­ing cost, provide optimised and affordable solutions that will enable a sustainabl­e future in Sub Saharan Africa through renewable energy.

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General Manager, SubSaharan Africa at JinkoSolar

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