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In the early days of renewable energy uptake, market players tended to engage in solar module price wars – today the battle is on offering higher technical or efficiency value for money. How does JinkoSolar’s Tiger solution fare in these ambitious times?

This article first appeared in ESI Africa Issue 2-2020.
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The main driver behind the renewable energy market is rapid industry transformation, continuous technology evolution and increasingly complex market demands. These motivating factors encapsulate the global market developments for the solar photovoltaic landscape.

Taking a proactive role in this progress, JinkoSolar has used its technical leadership to create cutting-edge technologies for tomorrow, adding to its portfolio the new Tiger module using 9-busbar mono PERC and tiling ribbon (TR) technology. With a module efficiency of 20.78%, the new panel is capable of generating up to 470Wp of peak power output, which is suitable for both utility-scale and C&I rooftop installations.

JinkoSolar incorporated TR technology into the new Tiger module to eliminate the inter-cell gap and increase efficiency. The tiling ribbon solution uses flexible welding strips to connect cells. These modules come in monofacial and bifacial options, using half-cut and TR technology to achieve 470Wp per panel. As such, the Tiger will gain some traction in the Middle East and Africa regions as it is suitable to maximise on plant size with the best power density; that’s what JinkoSolar’s new Tiger technology is ultimately offering.

The option to use the modules with a higher Wp class can significantly reduce the balance of system (BOS) costs and consequently, the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE).

Deploying this product, you can maximise your plant power output by adding more powerful modules or reduce the BOS: number of arrays, structures and cables. For rooftop plants, it translates into lighter weight per sqm. Lower EPC cost and lower BOS cost consequently contribute to lower LCOE and higher internal rate of return (IRR).

The tiling ribbon solution uses flexible welding strips to connect cells. Highly advanced equipment and procedures can guarantee a reliable solution with a cost advantage. The whole industry is very interested in the high energy density module.

Gulnara Abdullina, JinkoSolar’s general manager for MEA, said: “At JinkoSolar, we’ve come into the African continent early and have grown deep roots. I’m proud to say the company has the most localised footprint in SSA when it comes to our team. Clients trust us, and we speak the same language. We remain committed to facilitating knowledge sharing by connecting clients in different geographies to exchange experiences and best practices; to learn and implement the knowledge in their unique environments.” ESI

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