More Funding Will Be Channeled To The African Continent To Support Large-scale Adoption Of Renewable Energy And Advocate For Better Policies To Attract More Investments: Sammy Borothi, Business Development Manager, SSA, Jinko Solar


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In an exclusive chat with SolarQuarter Africa magazine, Sammy Borothi – Business Development Manager, SSA, Jinko Solar spoke about the specialties and unique features of their Tiger Pro module series and the major big projects executed by the company in Africa. He also gave us insights on what module technology trends are we going to see in the near future and the anticipated growth of the solar market.


Your Tiger Pro module series is one of the best in the market. Tell us about its specialties and unique features.

Tiger pro module series has been the best in the market although we have now launched our Tiger Neo N-type series using TOPCON technology with higher efficiencies. It is our premium product.

For the Tiger pro series which is still a high-end product, some of its unique features include:

  • Its Maximum power is based on High-Efficiency Technology with the white EVA.
  • Lower power degradation from year 1 to 25-30Yrs.
  • Uses the circular ribbon technology that ensures better light inclination & better performance when inclined at incidence.
  • The have LCOE, Eg 182 has lower current thus reducing the cable loss, increasing energy yield by 0.21
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What have been some of your major big projects in the African region?

Some of the big projects in Africa include:

  • 55Mw – Garrissa solar plant project in Kenya through Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Corporation (REREC).
  • 50MW Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Solar Park in Blitta -Togo.
  • Kesses 40-megawatt (MW) solar plant in Eldoret – Kenya.

What are some challenges you face in the solar PV market of Africa? At the same time, what are some advantages of the African solar PV market?

Some of the challenges facing the Solar PV market include:

  • Attractive financing models especially for large-scale utility projects.
  • Attractive feed-in tariffs from the Governments & lack of goodwill support.
  • Lack of proper infrastructure on the distribution side other than on the generating side.
  • Technology limitations & knowledgetransfer.

According to you, what module technology trends are we likely to see in Africa in the near future?

In the near future, N-type Technology will be leading in the next decade for Africa. N-Type modules have much higher improved efficiencies using TOPCON Technology they have Low Boron content in N-type c Si doped with P-type, significantly lower LETID from 0.9~1.2% (P-type) to 0.4% (N-type), and improved LID < 0.5.

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Previous technology for P-type shows an average bifacial gain of 9.7%, while N-type showed an average bifacial gain of 12.7%.

Therefore improved technology from R&D N-Type modules will lead over the coming years.

What is the anticipated growth of the Africa solar market over the next year and how is Jinko Solar preparing for it?

We anticipate some stable growth exponentially over the coming years in Africa especially after African Govt leaders committed prioritize upscale adoption of renewable energy technologies following the COP26 forum at Glasgow.

More funding will be channeled to the African continent to support large-scale adoption of renewable energy and advocate for better policies to attract more investments.

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