REC Group strengthens Australian presence with new distributer

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REC Group, one of the leading European solar manufacturers, has welcomed Sol Distribution as its new distributor in Australia, looking to ensure its high performance solar panels are part of even more commercial and residential solar installations across the country.

Thanks to a strong presence in the rooftop market and long-standing customer relationships, Australia has been a key market for REC Group in the APAC region for many years, the company says.

Last year, the manufacturer saw an upsurge in the number of distributors and REC-certified installers in Australia. Training has been completed for 73 installers in 2018, bringing the total in Australia to 255.

Sol Distribution is the latest member of the REC Partner Program, and the first one to join this year. According to the manufacturer, the program is going from strength to strength as REC continues to expand, with nine new partners across the APAC region joining in 2018.

“With their world-beating product quality, REC solar panels deliver on the promises that we and our customers make to the individuals and organizations that commission the solar PV installation,” says Jon Vlatko, Head of Sales for Distribution at Sol Distribution, noting that REC’s new industry-topping warranty already creates strong interest for this partnership.

Through the new partnership, REC expects to will further accelerate sales in this growing market for the company.

“Sol Distribution has a nationwide reach, with warehouse hubs in New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia,” said John Kim, REC Head of Asia Pacific.

“With its position as a renowned wholesaler, coupled with a commitment to excellent customer support, Sol Distribution can ensure that REC solar panels are deployed effectively in more installations nationwide.“

The distribution agreement is also expected to give a boost to the uptake of REC’s new products, such as the N-Peak Series, the world’s first n-type mono-cSi solar panel with half-cut cells and a twin panel design, which was unveiled at the last year’s Intersolar Europe show in Munich.

The module, according to REC Group, achieves an output of up to 330W, and with the twin panel design – effectively splitting the module into two parts – offers improved performance in shaded conditions.

With REC traditionally focused on multicrystaline silicon products, the N-Peak Series was its first step into monocrystalline production. In late December, the company announced its comeback to the monocrystaline technology with the start of production of two new products based on its TwinPeak technology – the 60-cell TwinPeak 2 Mono rated up to 320 Wp and the 72-cell TwinPeak 2S Mono 72 up to 380 Wp, both using p-type monocrystalline PERC cells.

Launched in 2015, the REC TwinPeak product family includes products such as the REC TwinPeak 2 Series, a 60-cell panel rated up to 295 Wp, which was followed by REC TwinPeak 2 BLK2 – a uniform black-colored 60-cell multicrystalline panel for residential installations, and the REC TwinPeak 2S 72 Series with nominal output of 350 Wp.

Both N-Peak and TwinPeak products are manufactured at REC’s production site in Singapore, where it operates 1.5 GW of module capacity. Last February, REC Group selected Meyer Burger’s SmartWire Connection Technology (SWCT) for the production of high efficiency solar modules at its Singapore fab.