A partnership between Chinese PV technology company Clenergy and Xiamen National Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship Centre to develop 150MW of commercial rooftop projects, has completed its first megawatt-scale project.
The two parties signed their agreement in spring this year, founding the Clenergy (Xiamen) Energy Investment Company, with the partners focussing their efforts on Fujian Province, on the eastern coast of China facing Taiwan. The completed project, just over 1MW generation capacity, is on the roof of China-Xiamen Hi-tech Innovation Center, Xiamen Innovation Park in Fujian.
The project is spread across 23 rooftops, covering 14,000 square metres in an urban area of the city of Xiamen. Clenergy claims it will generate 1,000,000kWh of energy annually, to be fed into the city's grid.
Xiamen National Hi-Tech Entrepreneurship Centre is responsible for fostering economic growth and development in the region. The agreement with Clenergy will move onto other forms of distributed generation projects, including commercial and utility-scale solar, in its second phase, expected to begin within three years.
China has set itself a weighty distributed generation target of 8GW for 2014, out of a targeted 13GW total solar capacity deployment for the year. According to a broad consensus of industry analysts, the country is expected to be successful in meeting the 13GW deployment target. Bloomberg New Energy Finance said China’s ‘solar boom’ had led to the Asian country contributing US$19.9 billion to a global total of US$55 billion invested in clean energy in the third quarter of this year.
Clenergy recently began acting on an expansion plan into Southeast Asia, opening a Malaysia office, while in October, the company completed a 43MW mounting system order to Pakistan’s first ever large-scale ground mount solar plant.