REC Group has signed solar panel supply agreements totaling 85MW with a major U.S. engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) company for utility-scale projects in the United States. The contracts mark the first purchase orders for REC's Peak Energy 72-cell panel series, which was introduced in July to meet the specific requirements in the U.S. utility and large commercial markets. The solar panels shall be delivered to the EPC customer from July 2015 until February 2016.
"REC has already doubled its U.S. order intake over the past 12 months, thanks to the recent big wins with residential leaders SolarCity and Sunrun," said Martin Cooper, CEO of REC Group. "With our new 72-cell product, we are seizing opportunities in the U.S. large commercial and utility markets."
The utility segment accounts for the largest portion of solar installations in the burgeoning U.S. market. The segment is expected to exceed 3 GW of new installations in 2014 and increase to nearly 6 GW by 201 as well.
"Signing these substantial agreements less than two months after the announcement of REC's 72-cell, 1000-volt panel offering confirms the strong demand for our products in all market segments from residential to utility scale," said Arndt E. Lutz, Senior VP, North America & Carribbean, REC Group. "Based on our discussions with several large EPC firms and developers in the U.S., we believe that our order pipeline in the U.S. will continue to increase"