GCL and Suntech unveil 250MW of South Africa PV orders

Chinese solar giants GCL-Poly and Suntech have unveiled a total of 250MW of supply deals for the emerging South African PV market.

GCL will handle the procurement of modules for two 75MW projects underway as a result of South Africa’s first renewable energy tender.

The Chinese group says the modules will use its own wafers. GCL chairman Zhu Gongshan says: “This transaction not only facilitates additional sales channel for our wafers, it also demonstrates our ability to provide integrated PV system solutions in the global market.”

Both plants have 20-year power purchase agreements with Eskom, the South African state utility.

As expected, Suntech also confirmed that it will supply modules to the two 50MW projects being developed by Ireland’s Mainstream Renewable Power (MRP) and built by Siemens.

The projects will use Suntech's V series modules.