SolarWorld on the hunt for new UK installation partners

  • SolarWorld at the SPI 2014 show in Las Vegas

    Credit: Ben Willis.

German PV manufacturer SolarWorld is looking for more installation partners for its UK-facing operation.

Last week SolarWorld was one of a number of solar manufacturers to commit to the UK market despite turbulent market conditions.

And, speaking to Solar Power Portal at last week's Ecobuild conference in London, the company said it was on the hunt for more installation partners to remain active.

While the market is expected to shrink as the government maintains tighter spending controls over renewable subsidies Chris Penders, business development manager at SolarWorld, said the company was looking to maintain its market share by adding to its existing portfolio of installation businesses it considers partners. SolarWorld said it he lost some partners as they exited the market, and it wanted to replace them with new additions to the roster.

SolarWorld's crop of installation partners offer the manufacturer's products when following up on leads and carrying out domestic installs. Penders added that in return, they expected "loyalty and commitment" from their partners.

In order to help those partner installers SolarWorld has meanwhile added to its UK-facing product range. It last week announced that the solar-plus-storage system it is developed with compatriot storage company Sonnen would be brought to the UK imminently, and Vera Mikosch, head of sales at SolarWorld, told SPP this would add to the bifacial modules it is also bringing to the UK market.

The company unveiled its bifacial module product range in September last year, and Mikosch added that the products would help its installation partners by "differentiating" them from their rivals.

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