Chinese manufacturer ReneSola’s 125-square monocrystalline module has been approved for use in the Japanese solar market.
The Japan Photovoltaic Expansion Center (JPEC), the country’s certification body, has rubber-stamped the module, meaning it can qualify for the Japanese government’s generous solar feed-in tariff.
Obtaining JPEC approval is said to be an onerous process, due to the country’s exacting grid compatibility and quality standards.
To qualify for JPEC listing, ReneSola partnered with local suppliers to provide specifically for the Japanes market a PV home kit solution that includes 125-square and 156-square monocrystalline modules with an inverter, monitor and racking system.
ReneSolar said it was expecting to obtain JPEC listing for additional products, including the company's 156-square monocrystalline module and 250W poly module.
Xianshou Li, ReneSola's chief executive, said: “JPEC listing is considered the biggest hurdle for a foreign company entering Japan's residential solar market. Now that we are listed, we can invest more heavily in the Japan market and capitalize on the country's energy buy-back program, which focuses heavily on solar power.
“By partnering with local suppliers, we are confident that we can deliver high-efficiency products and localised household renewable energy solutions to the Japan market.”