South Africa’s solar photovoltaic (PV) market has showed again its attractiveness to investors as another Chinese PV module manufacturer invests in the country.

Following the opening of Jinko Solar’s manufacturing plant in Cape Town this week, Wuxi Suntech has announced it will open a subsidiary company in South Africa.

Suntech Power South Africa will explore the “potential of locating manufacturing, assembly and warehousing facilities as well as offering after-sales services in the market,” said Eric Luo, chief executive of Suntech.

“This would enable Suntech to quickly supply a greater volume of PV modules to meet growing demands and serve as a gateway to additional markets in the region.”

Under the REIPPP programme, Suntech has supplied 100MW of PV modules for two projects in the first bid round.

Ryan Virahsawmy, country head for South Africa, said the increased presence n the countrty would make Suntech well positioned to support projects from third round onwards.

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