Chinese tier one PV manufacturer Trina Solar will develop a 1GW ground-mounted solar power plant in Xinjiang, western China.
The company announced on 30 December that it signed an investment framework agreement with the local prefectural government of Turpan.
Still subject to approval, the first two phases of the Xinjiang plant will total 300MW and are scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. Approvals are required from the local government and from the state grid. The entire 1GW plant will take four years to build.
Once approval for the first phase has been given, Trina Solar also plans to construct a module production facility near the plant to supply the project. Trina Solar chairman and chief executive officer Jifan Gao said that the facility would “create jobs and stimulate the growth of the local economy”. Gao also said the company looked forward to “working in close collaboration with the local authorities to satisfy the conditions needed for phase one to commence in the first quarter of 2014.”
According to Gao, when completed the Turpan project will be the largest solar power plant in Xinjiang. “Xinjiang's abundant land and solar resources make Turpan an ideal location for this project,” he said.