Solar panel 390.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Chinese company Suntech, the world’s largest producer of solar panels, has now
deployed over 100 megawatts of solar panels in Israel, the company announced
Suntech, which has been operating in Israel for four years, is
responsible for nearly half of the solar systems installed in the country,
according to company data. Among the firm’s major clients is Arava Power
Company’s Ketura Sun 4.95-MW project, the first and only medium- size field to
be erected in Israel.
“We are very proud to accomplish this milestone in
the Israeli market,” said Ron Shen, vice president of Suntech Asia Pacific,
Middle East and Africa. “Since we started business here in year 2008, Suntech
has been committed to the ongoing development of the Israeli solar market, and
we opened an office in Tel Aviv last year to better support our local customers.
With high solar irradiation and a growing demand for clean electricity, Israel
is, and will continue to be, a growth market for solar.”
world, Suntech has sold approximately 7 gigawatts worth of solar panels – about
25 million panels – to more than 1,000 customers in more than 80 countries. In
total, the Suntech panels are now generating about 9 terawatt- hours worth of
electricity per year, a number that is greater than the total energy consumption
of Costa Rica or Paraguay, for example, the company said.
CEO of Suntech’s largest Israel distributor, Enerpoint Israel, attributed the
company’s success to its specific technology that is very adaptive to extreme
“It is no surprise that Suntech has the largest
market share among solar-panel providers operating in Israel,” he said.