Tornado severely damages Canadian Solar’s Funing cell plant

Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on email
Email
Canadian Solar said that production had only reached around 267MW in the third quarter of 2016, representing 15-20% of its solar cell requirements for the quarter.

‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) member Canadian Solar has confirmed that a tornado had severely damaged its joint venture solar cell manufacturing plant with GCL in Funing County, Jiangsu Province, China.

The severe tornado hit the facility in the afternoon of June 23, 2016 and caused property damage and injuries to employees.

PV Tech has been told by our sister website editors in China that there were many casualties, though figures have yet to be released and that almost 40 thousand square meters of factory buildings actually collapsed due to the impact of the tornado, a rare occurrence in the region, apparently.

Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Solar said, “Our thoughts are with the families of Canadian Solar employees and the local residents impacted by the severe weather. We have immediately dispatched our internal emergence response team from our other facilities in China to help our employees in Funing and people in the local communities. We are assessing the situation but do not expect it to have a material impact on our business.”

PV Tech China has been told that GCL Group Chairman, Zhu Gongshan has already donated 10 million yuan (US$1.5 million) to Funing, for disaster relief and post disaster reconstruction.

Impact on Canadian Solar

The JV solar cell plant in Funing was first announced in May 2014, with a planned 1.2GW of crystalline silicon solar cell production. GCL has been the long-term major wafer supplier to Canadian Solar. 

However, the facility had not been fully ramped. Canadian Solar said that production had only reached around 267MW in the third quarter of 2016, representing 15-20% of its solar cell requirements for the quarter.

The company said that it would increase cell production at its plant in Suzhou as well as at its new facility in Thailand to compensate for the shortfall. 

Importantly, Canadian Solar is not a fully integrated producer, with around a 50% greater in-house PV module capacity to solar cells, relying heavily on third party solar cell suppliers, primarily in Taiwan. The company said that Taiwan suppliers had already agreed to supply higher quantities of solar cells to meet Canadian Solar’s requirements. 

As a result, Canadian Solar said that it expected to meet all its module delivery commitments and maintain its module shipment guidance for 2016, which has remained unchanged since the beginning of the year at 5.4GW to 5.5GW.

Read Next

January 17, 2022
Solar module manufacturer Seraphim has launched its new S5 series of high-efficiency PV modules with a maximum power output of up to 670W and an efficiency of 21.57%.
January 13, 2022
Reliance Industries has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the government of Gujarat for a total investment of INR5.955 lakh crore (US$80 billion) over 10-15 years to establish 100GW of renewables and set up green technology manufacturing facilities in the state.
January 10, 2022
Upstream solar major Tongwei has forecasted for profits to more-than-double in its 2021 financial year on the back of increased material and cell prices experienced last year.
January 10, 2022
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is providing AU$40 million in funding to support research and development (R&D) that can help Australia reach its ‘ultra-low cost solar’ goal, recently added as a priority under the country’s decarbonisation strategy.
January 6, 2022
JinkoSolar has won a tender issued by the China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC), an affiliate company of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), for up to 1.85GW of high efficiency TOPCon modules
November 19, 2021
Canadian Solar has warned of solar cell overcapacity next year, slamming the breaks on its own cell manufacturing expansion plans while accelerating on its module assembly roadmap.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
January 26, 2022
Free Webinar
Solar Media Events
February 23, 2022
London, UK
Solar Media Events
March 8, 2022
London, UK
Solar Media Events
March 23, 2022
Austin, Texas, USA
Solar Media Events
March 29, 2022
Lisbon, Portugal