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BRIC PV developer delivers first rooftop solar system for UK power firm in China

JinkoSolar announces first distributed PV System for Eaton Electric is connected to Chinese grid

JinkoSolar has provided 400 pieces of high-efficiency PV solar panels for the rooftop solar project

Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has announced its first 100kWp distributed rooftop photovoltaic power generation system for UK power management firm Eaton Electric has been successfully connected to the grid in Shenzhen, China. JinkoSolar provided 400 pieces of high-efficiency PV solar panels for the project, which was managed by Eaton and installed on the factory roof of firm Santak Electronic.

The rooftop PV system covers an area of approximately 1500m2 and is expected to produce 100 thousand kWh of power, while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 89,624 tons annually.

In addition to supplying the PV modules, JinkoSolar has also taken care of the installation of the project. The installation uses a low profile linkage control single-axle tracking system to improve generating capacity and reduce installation time. It also ensures that it does not damage the existing waterproof structure.

JinkoSolar said the aluminium alloy structure is ideal for installation in coastal regions where systems are often exposed to extreme humidity and corrosive environmental conditions. The tailor-made monitoring system provides customers with multiple methods to oversee the operation and maintenance of the PV system.

Shining example of solar

Mr Kangping Chen, chief executive officer of JinkoSolar, said: “We are very happy to have developed a strong partnership with Eaton to supply and construct this distributed rooftop PV system. This project will act as a shining example of domestic distributed solar PV solution. JinkoSolar, besides being very active and successful in large scale utility projects, will also continue to promote the development of distributed small and medium sized solar projects in China as part of its commitment to creating sustainable PV solutions."

Eaton is a diversified power management company in Birmingham, UK which provides energy-efficient solutions.

Mr Wu, project manager of the company, said: “We are very pleased to partner with one of the PV industry's leaders on this landmark project. Eaton EESS is very pleased to see the connection and commission of the PQ (the Santak) rooftop solar project. To make effective use of solar, wind, hydro and other green energy of nature, is the obligation of the electrical industry practitioners. Eaton EESS is grateful for the efforts of JinkoSolar engineers. We look forward to further building on our relationship with JinkoSolar to implement more high class distributed solar projects in China."

JinkoSolar is one of many Chinese solar manufacturers working with UK firms in developments for rooftop PV. This includes Shanghai’s JA Solar Holdings, which entered into an agreement with Yorkshire-based solar power company, A Shade Greener (ASG), to supply 47MW of crystalline solar modules for the UK company in August 2012.