Suntech Power Holdings has added to its growing list of distributors across major markets in agreements with House Care Co. Ltd, a subsidiary of West Holdings Group of Japan and Eagle Roofing Products of North America. Both deals boost Suntech’s push into the roofing and BIPV market, which has the potential to be a major market in the near future as feed-in-tariffs in certain markets such as Germany, Japan, Italy and Spain favour rooftop installations.
House Care plans to distribute 30MW of Suntech solar products in 2009. Japan is now hoping to more than double PV installations by 2010 that could see cumulative installations reach 4.8GW.
”House Care is one of Japan’s leading providers of innovative roofing systems and we are delighted to establish a fruitful partnership with them to distribute Suntech modules in Japan,” said Dr. Tadao Kasahara, President of MSK Corporation, a Suntech subsidiary. ”With targets to reach 4.8 gigawatts of installed solar capacity in 2010 and renewed support from Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, we are confident that the local solar market will grow strongly in 2009 and beyond. We intend to form long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with Japanese solar distributors and encourage the further adoption of solar technology in Japan.”
Eagle Roofing Products will distribute Suntech’s ‘SolarBlend’ roof tiles to its North American network of roofing, solar, and electrical contractors. Eagle will also carry Suntech’s ‘Black Label’ rack-mounted modules.