The new South African subsidiary of module maker Suntech could include local manufacturing, according to the company.
Suntech has already secured 100MW of panel sales to projects in the country’s successful REIPPP tenders process but could use its new arm to establish more than a sales presence.
“Suntech is poised to quickly expand its presence in the South African market,” said Eric Luo, CEO, Suntech. “Given the country's dedication to growing renewable energies, Suntech is exploring the potential of locating manufacturing, assembly and warehousing facilities as well as offering after-sales services in the market. This would enable Suntech to quickly supply a greater volume of PV modules to meet growing demand and serve as a gateway to additional markets in the region.”
South Africa is looking to install 3.725GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030 and other markets on the continent, including Kenya, Rwanda and Ghana are all beginning to develop mult-megawatt PV pipelines.
“With our increased presence and capacity to bring South African developers high-quality modules, we will be well-positioned to support projects from the REIPPPP third-bid submission onwards,” said Ryan Virahsawmy, country head, Suntech South Africa.