Jinko builds 200MW Portugal factory

JinkoSolar – among the financially healthiest of China's major PV manufacturers – is nearing completion of a 200MW module factory in Portugal, Recharge can reveal.

The factory is already fully kitted-out with production equipment, but will likely wait to start production until the European Commission makes its final determination on anti-dumping duties, according to Dany Qian, Jinko’s global branding director.

“There is no exact start date,” Qian says. “We will wait until we have a clear picture of how the EU anti-dumping case [is resolved].”

Cells for the Portugal plant will be procured in Taiwan, giving Shanghai-based Jinko a complete workaround for any duties which are put in place by Brussels.

Jinko also has a “200MW-300MW” production-ready plant in South Africa, where the company recently won an 115MW order, Qian says.

Jinko broke ground at the South Africa plant last year, in large part to shorten delivery times for customers. South Africa has strict domestic-content rules in place for its burgeoning renewables market.

“But now with the EU anti-dumping case taking place, maybe that factory can also supply European customers,” Qian says.

Jinko was the world’s seventh-largest module supplier last year, shipping 900MW of its own-brand modules, according to market researchers IHS and Solarbuzz.

However, Qian says the company, which boasts 1.2GW of vertically-integrated PV capacity, actually ran at close to a 100% utilisation rate.