BEIJING: The first phase construction of a giant 1.1 GW solar power plant project in China’s Gansu Province is now underway.

The solar company that is building the plant, China Singyes Solar Technologies Holdings, confirmed that an initial 300 MW phase is planned for the Hongshagang Industrial Park in Minqin County, Wuwei.

Construction is estimated to be completed by the end of this year, with the expected average annual electricity output of the Wuwei plant standing at 480 million kWh.

The solar company has also stated that it is committed to supporting regional clean energy development, and in December 2013 signed a strategic development agreement with the government of Mingin.

As part of the first phase project, the company will analyze local agricultural produce needs and the power requirements of rural, off-grid citizens in order to develop a solar product research and development base.

Liu Hongwei, chairman of Singyes Solar, expressed her commitment to the long term goals of the project: “We hope that, by participating in solar project in Minqin County, Wuwei, Gansu Province, we can optimize the local energy structure, protect the ecological environment, as well as promoting the use of solar energy, and advancing the development of the PV industry.”

The chairman elaborated: “We will make use of the Wuwei solar product R&D base and take advantage of local conditions to explore a new PV industry that incorporates PV power generation, desert management, and modern agriculture as well as the new approach of industrialised desertification control.”

It is anticipated that the whole 1.1 GW solar power plant project will be finished by 2019.

Globally, solar energy continues to expand, with a recent analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicting that 44.5 gigawatts will be added in 2014, a 20.9% increase on 2013’s global solar installations. The analysts believe that China will be the driver of this international growth. Jenny Chase, head of solar analysis at BNEF, noted that: “China’s government has been as surprised as European governments by how quickly it can be deployed in response to incentives.”

Source: The Climate Group, DATE13 MARCH 2014

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