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The State-owned UTE is fielding offers from a request for proposal to install solar parks of up to 1 and 5 MW. The auction follows the country's recent program to add 200 MW of solar to its energy mix.
Inaugural federal auction held by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), arranged in response to growing private sector interest in solar development, receives no bids.
The latest round of high level trade talks between the EU and China touched upon the tricky subject of subsidies and state-owned enterprises. Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht was involved in the fourth HED talks, in Brussels.
With 202 MW currently installed, the state has set a target of 1,200 MW of solar power generation capacity by June 2015.
The solar developer's third-quarter update paints a healthy pciture. Staffing costs at GCL Poly have almost halved this year.
The panels, for three ground mounted projects in Gansu, Hebei and Baoding, will be delivered before the end of 2013.
Sources close to Shunfeng's planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech speculate it could cost CNY5 billion-6 billion. Shunfeng has suspended trading in its shares pending an announcement on the deal.