History and Milestones
Upsolar was founded in Hong Kong by Zhe Jiang in 2006 and has quickly established itself as leader in PV technology solutions. The company began module production in less than one year’s time, and shipments quickly quadrupled between 2007 and 2008. In May of 2008, we established Upsolar Europe SAS in Paris to better serve our European customer base and to more efficiently expand our operations into the Middle East and Africa. Our Test and Development Centre was also opened in 2008, enabling Upsolar to further improve the quality of our product offerings. Our North American operations commenced in 2009, headquartered from the Upsolar America, Inc. office in San Francisco. Shipments reached 120 MW by the end of 2009, doubling our output from the year prior. Further expansion occurred in 2010 as we opened the doors on Upsolar Italia, Srl.
Our rapid growth is a testament to our commitment to quality; Upsolar continuously aligns itself with the most trusted names in the industry from across the PV supply chain. We are confident Upsolar will continue to grow in the years to come as we build our presence with quality installations around the world.
Upsolar's PowerCLIP warranty is initiated, providing non-cancellable coverage from PowerGuard Specialty Insurance Services
Upsolar signs an agreement with Zep Solar to offer a variety of new framing options
Upsolar enters a partnership with microinverter leader Enphase Energy to create an AC-enabled (ACE) solar module
Upsolar Italia Srl is founded
Upsolar increases its monocrystalline module efficiency to 14.9%.
Upsolar becomes the only Chinese company to receive a rating of "very good" from German magazine Öko-Test
Upsolar Germany GmbH is founded
Upsolar ships more than 120 MW of modules in 2009
Upsolar opens its North American headquarters in San Francisco, California
Upsolar America Inc. is founded
Upsolar increases the efficiency of its monocrystalline products to contain cells with 17.8% efficiency raising the module efficiency up to 14.5%
Upsolar ships more than 60 MW of modules in 2008
Bureau Veritas Shanghai becomes the third-party quality verification partner for all Upsolar shipments
Upsolar enters into a strategic partnership with Tianwei New Energy, the only fully-integrated solar provider in China
JR Investment Corporation Holding acquires stake in Upsolar
Upsolar's in-house Testing and Development Centre is inaugurated
Upsolar Europe SAS is established, with headquarters in Paris
Upsolar enters a four-year, 100 MW supply agreement with a major European green energy investment fund
Upsolar signs a 7 MW PV power station supply agreement with a major independent power producer in Portugal, GENERG Sol do Alentejo
Upsolar ships 15 MW of modules in 2007
Upsolar enters a strategic R&D partnership with Shanghai Electrical Apparatus Research Institute to ensure module quality
Upsolar enters a multi-year wafer supply agreement with ReneSola Ltd.