Intersolar EU 2013: Suntech to provide Europe with non-China made modules


Suntech Power Holdings claims to have sourced PV module components outside China to avoid anti-dumping duties imposed on the company by the European Commission of 48.6%.

Without providing details, the company said that tariff-free versions of all its standard modules including Wd mono, Wd poly and Ve poly would be available to purchase within the European market.

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Thilo Kinkel, Suntech's head of European sales said: “We are very confident that we can supply our customers in Europe and across the globe with excellent products regardless of tariffs. We also continue to launch innovative solutions to meet our customers' needs such as our Residential Energy Storage System, which provides an effective 24-hour power solution.”

Suntech's Residential Energy Storage System (RESS) would qualify for the recently announced subsidy for self-consumption PV systems with storage in Germany.

The company said that its RESS has several modular power options available for a peak capacity from 4.5kWh to 17.8kWh, which includes a lithium battery with an incentive policy compliant warranty, available in either AC or DC configuration. 

Suntech also said that it had developed a new glass/glass module (Wdj series), which is claimed to substantially reduce potential induced degradation (PID) by eliminating the negative voltage between the module's frame and cells.

Suntech Wuxi, Suntech Power Holdings’ main manufacturing operation in China, is currently undergoing bankruptcy proceedings, while Suntech Power Holdings is being sued in New York by some of its bondholders after defaulting on a US$541 million convertible note.

Suntech’s European operations are exhibiting at Intersolar Europe being held in Munich this week, though they also face an uncertain future at the moment.

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