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LONGi Solar, a subsidiary of LONGi Green Energy Technology Co., Ltd, recorded its highest-ever bankability rating in the recently released Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) Solar Module & Inverter Bankability 2019.
BNEF asked banks, funds, developers, EPCs and technical due diligence firms which brands out of 48 modules manufacturers they considered bankable (i.e. can be used in solar projects with non-recourse debt). In the 2019 results, LONGi rose significantly to 91%, its highest ever, a clear indication of LONGi’s maturity as an established brand in the industry.
LONGi also received a “star” indicating it is a “Top Performer” PV Evolution Labs (PVEL) 2019 PV Module Reliability Scorecard. LONGi modules earned “Top Performer” in all 4 PVEL’s test categories of damp heat, thermal cycling, mechanical load and potential induced degradation (PID) tests.
BNEF also named the “Top 15 PV Module brands used In term loan financed projects” since July 1st 2017. The leading 3 brands supplied almost 5GW of term financed deals. LONGI is the second most used brand with 1,447 MW deals financed.
LONGi was also ranked as the most creditworthy module manufacturer. BNEF uses the Altman-Z score – a combination of financial ratios – to access the creditworthiness of manufacturers. It is an indicator of the risk of a company filing for bankruptcy in the next 2 years. LONGi was accessed at a score of 3.1 which indicates strong financial health and bankruptcy to be highly unlikely. LONGi’s Altman-Z score is the highest amongst pure play module manufactures.
In addition to LONGi’s bankability and reliability, the firm is also operating at scale as one of the largest solar manufacturers both in terms of existing and planned production capacity. According to PV Tech’s on-going analysis of global capacity expansion announcements, LONGi Solar’s total nameplate module assembly capacity should exceed 13GW in 2019, becomes world’s largest module manufacturer with latest expansion.