Suntech Power has completed grid connection of the first 10MW utility-scale solar power project in China, located in Shizuishan, Ningxia Autonomous Region. The project involves a 10MW ground mount solar system and is the first phase of a 50MW solar plant that is targeted to be completed by 2011 with China Energy Conservation Investment Corporation (CECIC), a Suntech partner.
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Chairman and CEO said, ”we applaud the decisive steps taken by China’s central government and local government to support sustainable energy development and establish a greener economy in China.”
Approved by the Ningxia Autonomous Region Development and Reform Commission, the 10MW system is powered by over 37,000 Suntech panels and is estimated to dislocate 20,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Longsheng Li, Deputy General Manager of CECIC commented, ”We believe that plentiful, large-scale solar resources, powered by Suntech’s premium quality solar systems and system integration capabilities, can deliver decades of clean, renewable electricity throughout many regions in China. We will continue to actively promote the adoption of large-scale solar PV projects and solutions for reducing carbon emissions and solving problems associated with climate change.”
Suntech and CECIC plan to focus on the development of large-scale on-grid solar projects and urban building integrated PV projects. Throughout these projects, CECIC will be primarily responsible for project investment and solar project development and Suntech will supply the solar products, system design, installation and technical support.