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Yingli teams up with unnamed firm to develop PV modules in France

China firm Yingli Solar joins up with “French partner” to manufacture PV modules using its solar cells for French National Tender Program

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The unnamed partner will manufacture PV modules in France using Yingli Solar polycrystalline cells

Chinese photovoltaic manufacturer Yingli Solar has joined up with an unnamed French firm to develop PV modules in France. Yingli Solar, also as known as Yingli Green Energy, has announced the company's subsidiaries in China and France will cooperate with a leading French PV module firm to manufacture PV modules using the Chinese company’s high-performance solar cells.

Yingli Solar, which only refers to the unnamed company as French Partner, has said it has joined forces with the firm to satisfy the requirements of the French National Tender Program, under which the unnamed company has won large-volume tenders.

The French Partner will manufacture PV modules in France using Yingli Solar's polycrystalline cells with optimised carbon footprint technology. As a global manufacturer of crystalline polysilicon PV products, Yingli Solar said it “expects to ensure state-of-the art cell technology, with the expertise of a fully vertically integrated manufacturer, combined with the French Partner's downstream expertise and local assembling capacity.”

Yingli Solar said in the recent rounds of public tenders under the French National Tender Program, 17 out of 38 PV developers have won projects with modules resulting from the partnership. This represents 185MW out of 380MW in total, all of which have been approved by the French government, according to the French Partner. The projects are expected to be installed within the next 24 months.

Arnaud Catrice, managing director of Yingli France, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yingli Green Energy, said the partnership reinforces the company’s leading position in the French PV market.

"Roughly 50 per cent of the projects in the recent rounds of public tenders under French National Tender Program are expected to use locally made modules powered by cells supplied by Yingli. This clearly demonstrates that project developers trust this alliance will have a long-term positive impact on the French PV industry. The partnership will not only reinforce our leading positions in the French market, but also contribute for a promising local solar industry in a long run."

Liansheng Miao, chairman and chief executive officer of Yingli Green Energy, added: “We are delighted to join forces with our distinguished French partner and demonstrate once more the weight and importance of international cooperation for the development of solar PV as an affordable and clean source of energy in the global energy mix.”