N-type TOPCon in Tunisia and future market expectations

The transition to renewable energy in Africa has progressed impressively over the past decade, with most African countries finding themselves forced to migrate to renewable energy either because of the cost of conventional energy or because of the quality of the electrical network (distribution problems, cut-off problems, etc.).

Despite the major challenges present today, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, which has, in particular, slowed down the development of this sector in the region over the past two years, it is estimated that with good policies, and access to appropriate financial markets, this market will be able to find the way to develop more rapidly.

Tunisia, having the objective of achieving an energy mix of 35% of electricity production from renewable energies by 2030, has already put in place a strategy to accelerate the integration of these forms of energy. green and clean in this mix.

With the NET METERING system which has already existed for years for installations connected to the STEG Low Voltage network, the Tunisian government has already launched a call for tenders for the purchase of electricity produced from the photovoltaic solar power plants of total power 500 MW, under the concession regime, and it is also about to launch a second call for tenders for total power of 2GW under the same regime.

We are also awaiting the declaration of the winners of the 4th round of total power of 70 MW under the IPP authorization regime. The first authorizations under this regime were granted in 2017, the commissioning of power plants already built resumed in July, a good indicator and motivator for investors to accelerate the construction of PV power plants.

Jinko Solar, already present in Tunisia since 2016 with a well-established distribution network and on major projects, in particular the Tozeur II plant recently commissioned, continues to position itself as a leader on the world market with the launch of its brand new series of modules Tiger Neo with N-Type TOPCon technology cells, a proven technology with strengths such as improved temperature coefficient (-0.3%/°C), low-light performance and annual degradation scaled down
(< 1% for the 1st year and 0.4% each year for 30 years). These advantages have encouraged Jinko Solar to be among the first manufacturers to mass adopt this N-Type TOPCon technology and increase production capacity to meet global demand.

Jinko Solar also launched other products such as ESS storage solution (residential, C&I and Utility scale), solar lighting system (SSL), building integrated photovoltaic panels (BIPV) and turnkey pumping solutions, a whole variety of solutions that allows Jinko Solar to wear several hats to be more of a ”Solution Provider” than a simple supplier of solar modules. This will also allow it to follow trends and meet the needs of the global market in general and the African market in particular. This market is promising and growing, but still facing many challenges. All stakeholders, near or far, are called upon to collaborate in order to overcome these challenges and win the energy challenge which is a big step towards the sustainable development of this continent.

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