Yingli Green to showcase niche solar modules at SPI as sales slide

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SMSL rivals such as JinkoSolar and Trina Solar have shipped approximately 1.55GW and 1.6GW to the North American market, respectively in the last three quarters compared to Yingli Greens, 163MW. Image: Yingli Green

Struggling former ‘Silicon Module Super League’ (SMSL) Yingli Green Energy is showcasing several niche solar module products at SPI (Solar Power International) on September 12-15 in Las Vegas. 

Although Yingli Green said that the three different module series being showcased were new in the US, the most recently updated TwinMAX 60-cell bifacial glass/glass module, originally launched in an updated form in May, 2016 at SNEC in Shanghai was cited. Its origins go back to 2012.

Having launched a ‘smart module’ series using SolarEdge technology in 2012, Yingli Green said an Underwriters Laboratory (UL) certified module with integrated module-level power optimizers for the residential and commercial market segments would also be displayed. 

The company is also showcasing its P-type monocrystalline, UL-Certified YLM Series that is available in both 60-cell and 72-cell series and the only mainstream product mentioned. 

However, the company did not mention its YGE-U 1500VDC Series modules, which Yingli Green announced in April, 2016, which were then touted as being available in the Americas. 

As previously highlighted by PV Tech, Yingli Green, once the leading module supplier in the US, has seen sales slide significantly in recent years. The company has only recognised revenue in the US on 163MW of modules in the last three quarters and recently guided third quarter shipments recognised in revenue of 18.9MW to 25.2MW, down from 42MW in the second quarter and 71MW in the first quarter of 2016.

In contrast, SMSL rivals such as JinkoSolar and Trina Solar have shipped approximately 1.55GW and 1.6GW to the North American market, respectively in the last three quarters.

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