JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq:JASO) ("JA Solar" or "JA"), one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, today announced that it made a major breakthrough in the South Pacific market in 2014. JA Solar was the supplier for several national solar projects in countries such as New Zealand, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, and received strong customer feedback and praise for the strong performance of its modules.
Most of these solar projects are the first in their respective regions, setting a leading benchmark for the region's solar industry development. The 350KW Auckland Shopping Centre Project is currently the single largest solar installation in New Zealand. The project is heralded as a major step in the development of clean energy by theNew Zealand government. The 1 MW Cook Islands Raratonga Airport Project is also the first solar power station in the Cook Islands, helping the airport to reduce diesel consumption by 400,000 litres per year. The 1.96MW Tuvalu Islands Project is the first local clean renewable energy off-grid system established by the New Zealandgovernment. The 128KW Papua New Guinea Centre Tower Project is the first mall rooftop project in the region. The 550KW Fiji Radisson Hotel Project is the first installation by the Radisson chain of hotels. This new partnership with Radisson will be the first of many potential installations for the hotel chain throughout the Pacific.
Mr. Yong Liu, Chief Technology Officer of JA Solar, commented, "Local climate conditions such as wind and high temperature require high PID-resistance, high mechanical load and better low-light performance for modules. Our modules, known for their high reliability, high conversion efficiency and high power output, can adapt well to South Pacific climate and reduce per watt power generation costs to the utmost. It is a great honor and a testament to our product quality for us to be chosen as the supplier for these model projects in the region."
Mr. Jian Xie, president of JA Solar, added, "As the first projects of their kind in the region, these model projects are of great significance in terms of developing clean and renewable energy, protecting ecological environment, upgrading power supply structure and accelerating the sustainable development of the economy in the region. This breakthrough in the South Pacific region is a new milestone in our effort to expand globally into new markets and reflects our ever-growing global influence."