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Shoals Technologies establishes operations and manufacturing headquarters in China

US PV firm signs agreement for Asia/Pacific facility to manufacture balance of systems components for Chinese solar market

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Shoals Technologies said it hopes the facility will bring its PV components to future solar projects In China

US PV components firm Shoals Technologies Group has signed an agreement to establish an Asia/Pacific operations and manufacturing headquarters in China. The facility, in city Jiaxing, in Zhejiang province, will allow Shoals Technologies to manufacture a broad line of industry leading balance of systems PV components for the domestic Chinese solar market.

The facility is located in the newly established 14.2sqkm Jiaxing PV High-Tech Industrial park at Xiuzhou New Area. It was officially listed in December 2012 to develop a “five-in-one” innovation trial for the provincial PV industry.

Shoals Technologies, which is based in Us state Tennessee, said this includes trials for industrial base construction, industrial technology innovation, applied commercial mode innovation, as well as a regional smart grid innovation with distributed energy access policy, and system innovation.

Dean Solon, president & CEO of Shoals Technologies Group, said: “The signing of this agreement represents an expanded commitment in 2014 by Shoals to supply the domestic Chinese market. We recognise the potential and have already witnessed significant growth recently in mainland projects. With this new facility we hope to not only bring our products to these future projects, but also to provide our expertise to accelerate the adoption of photovoltaics as a primary source of energy in the region.”

The signing was held during the Jiaxing PV Industry Development Co-Operation Symposium in Beijing. It was overseen by deputy director of the National Energy Board Energy Secretary, Liang Zhipeng and chaired by Mayor Xiang Sheng.

The news from Shoal Technologies follows other Western PV firms building centres to develop their business in China’s solar market, such as UK company DEK Solar. In August 2013, the firm announced it was working with the Yingli Group to develop a solar research centre in Baoding, Northeast China to drive PV innovation.