China: Largest thin film solar farm to be built in Inner Mongolia

ENN Solar Energy Co., Ltd. has won the bid to supply modules for this project and will use 5.7m(2) tandem junction, thin film, solar modules manufactured on ENN’s SunFab line, which was supplied by Applied Materials.

The statement comes after the CECEP signed a memorandum of understanding with Applied Materials to explore projects for accelerating the development and deployment of solar photovoltaic (PV) technology.

The non-binding MOU forms a framework for CECEP and Applied Materials to work together on a range of activities to further CECEP’s solar PV industry strategy and roadmap.

"The collaboration between CECEP and Applied Materials will further advance the deployment of the latest PV technologies in China," said Mr. Li Junfeng, deputy director of the Energy Research Institute of the National Development and Reform Commission. "The five MW solar farm that CECEP plans to build in Inner Mongolia, using Applied’s SunFab technology, will be the largest thin film, utility-scale solar farm in China when completed."

The announcements were made during the U.S.-China Renewable Energy Forum held in Beijing, which was attended by Mr. Zhang Guobao, chairman of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), and Mr. David Sandalow, assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Dr. Mark Pinto, executive vice president and corporate technology officer at Applied Materials concluded: "With China’s growing energy needs, our relationship with CECEP represents a great opportunity to promote sustainable energy development through the optimal use of renewable energy generation with solar power."