Ascent Solar has entered into a development agreement with Shenzhen Radiant Enterprise and the Third Railway Survey and Design Institute (TSDI), the company has announced. Under the agreement, the three companies aim to install Ascent solar panels into already existing as well as future railway stations in China. TSDI has been involved in designing over 50,000km of Chinese railways, as well as the design of the Beijing South railway station.
Radiant has already been involved in integrating solar panels on a number of railway station rooftops throughout China. China expects to install 800MW of solar power on public infrastructure buildings within five years. Under the agreement, the project development will begin soon, with the first installations expected to be constructed in 2013.
Winston Xu, founder of Shenzhen Radiant and Ascent Solar board member, said, “China's state-of-the-art railway system is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world. Ascent Solar and Radiant Group feel privileged to work with TSDI towards the goal of incorporating green, renewable energy with this important piece of China's infrastructure.”