JinkoSolar provides modules for completed North Star project in Minnesota

JinkoSolar Holding Co. Ltd. (NYSE: JKS) announced Nov. 21 that it has completed delivery on 140 MW (dc) of photovoltaic modules for the North Star project located in Chisago County, Minnesota, approximately 50 miles north of Minneapolis.

The North Star Solar project will utilize over 440,000 of JinkoSolar’s high-efficiency 72-cell polycrystalline modules. Once completed, it will become the largest single solar facility in the Midwest, spanning 1,000 acres of agricultural land.

Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) served as the project’s EPC contractor, providing employment to over 300 local workers during peak construction. An affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments LLC (DESRI) acquired the project, which is expected to connect to the grid in December 2016.

“JinkoSolar is committed to ensuring that our products are highly reliable and are backed with dependable service,” said Nigel Cockroft, General Manager of JinkoSolar (U.S.) Inc. “Working with longtime partners Swinerton and DESRI on another substantial project like North Star is a testament to this commitment.” 

“We are proud to build a project that will showcase the potential of utility-scale solar in the Midwest,” said George Hershman, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Swinerton Renewable Energy.

“We appreciate the dedication and commitment of JinkoSolar and our other partners in helping complete a project of this scale,” said Bryan Martin, CEO of DESRI. “This is the largest single solar project in Minnesota, and we are proud of the jobs and clean energy we have created together.”

JinkoSolar distributes its solar products and sells its solutions and services to a diversified international utility, commercial and residential customer base in various countries. JinkoSolar has built a vertically integrated solar product value chain, with an integrated annual capacity of 4.5 GW for silicon ingots and wafers, 3.7 GW for solar cells, and 6.5 GW for solar modules, as of Sept. 30, 2016.

Swinerton Renewable Energy offers services for solar photovoltaic plants throughout North America to a diverse range of clients. SRE has delivered over 1 GW of solar projects.

D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI’s portfolio of renewable energy projects currently includes 26 wind and solar projects that represent more than 1,300 MW of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $40 billion in investment capital as of Oct. 1, 2016 and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. 

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