PV TechMarch 6, 2020711
On Thursday, the Chinese solar panel manufacturer said it will supply 908MW worth of its Hi-MO 4 solar panels to Brazilian developer Solatio, who will use them for both utility-scale plants and commercial rooftop solar panel installations.
Launched at last year’s Intersolar Europe edition in May 2019, the Hi-MO 4 products have since gone on to feature in supply deals inked by LONGi all over the world.
Last September, news emerged that the solar panels will power a 50MW project developer DLG Solar wants to deploy in Vietnam, in the southeastern province of Ninh Thuan.
In the same month, the Hi-MO 4 solar panels were earmarked for the Brazilian projects of SICES, a distributed PV specialist headquartered to the west of São Paulo
This second deal will see LONGi ship 200MW of its Hi-MO 4 and Hi-MO X variants every year to SICES's PV ventures in Brazil and other Latin American countries.
The LONGi-Solatio deal is set to bring yet more China-made solar panels to Brazil. The country – which is witnessing solid downstream growth and PV auction records – is increasingly being targeted by Asian makers, who are keen to ship abroad as domestic PV growth falters.
Late last year, PV Tech caught up with another Chinese maker – GCL-SI – over its plans this year to double solar panel sales in Brazil to 500-600MW. Meeting this publication in Suzhou, China, the firm explained it would focus on bifacial solar panel products to stand out from low-priced Chinese rivals.
As for LONGi, the contract in Brazil follows a raft of milestones so far this year, including acquiring Vietnamese maker Vina Solar and being the only supplier given an AAA rating by the latest PV ModuleTech Bankability update.
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