JinkoSolar grabs 100MW in Chile

Chinese PV group JinkoSolar has signed deals to supply 100MW of modules to two projects in Chile – and claimed it had taken an early lead in the country’s solar market.

JinkoSolar will equip a pair of plants in the Atacama Desert – one of the world’s most insolated regions and the focus of number of big developments in Chile’s fast-emerging PV sector.

The Chinese group does not give further details of who is developing the 60MW Lalackama plant and a 40MW project in Diego De Almagro, or any timescales.

JinkoSolar’s sales director for emerging markets, Alberto Cuter said: “The increase in demand for renewable energy has turned Chile into one of the principal solar markets, and by signing those contracts, we are continuing our strategy to diversify into emerging markets.

“We now have the largest market share in Chile, marking a new milestone for JinkoSolar.”

JinkoSolar was the first of China’s big PV manufacturers to return to profit last year and was the global number five module supplier in 2013, according to rankings from analyst IHS.