Two months after receiving the green light to build 20 MW PV plants in the Chinese province of Yunnan, China Electric Equipment Group (CEEG) has launched another 20 MW PV project in Xinjiang province. The new facility, which has won approval from China’s Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), will use a total of 86,400 polysilicon modules and require an investment of some $342.8 million (CNY 210 million). When completed, the electricity generated by the plant will be delivered to Xinjiang Power Grid.
The Nanjing-based company received the approval on the first day after the executive meeting of China’s State Council, held to improve policies to foster the PV industry in China. According to the statement released by the Council, China will open up its domestic PV market to boost the development of the sector. During the meeting, the Council announced a number of measures, including adding more initiatives for distributed PV projects, supporting more solar facilities with government subsidies in power pricing as well as encouraging research and development in key areas of the industry.
As the domestic market gradually strengthens and expands, Xinjiang, one of the regions in China with the longest sunshine duration, is fast becoming an attractive area for PV development. On July 19, fellow Chinese solar company Sungrow announced a planned 100 MW solar plant which will also be located in Xinjiang.