Yingli pushes UK solar growth with 66 MW supply deal

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The U.K.’s growing large-scale solar PV sector received another welcome boost this week following the news that China’s Yingli Solar is to supply 66 MW of modules to four solar projects in England.

Partnering with British renewable energy developer Push Energy Ltd., Yingli Solar’s multicrystalline modules will be installed at the four East Anglian solar farms between now and February 2015.

Push Energy has worked closely with local landowners, stakeholders and planners to gain permission for the farms, which once complete will supply clean solar energy into the grid for local use.

"Solar PV farms have an important role to play in the U.K.’s long-term energy security," said Push Energy’s finance director Jason Wallis. "Working with Yingli Green Energy is critical to our vision for the future. The company has provided invaluable support and hands-on practical advice that has allowed us to complete all projects to a very tight time schedule."

Liansheng Miao, Yingli Solar’s CEO and chairman, expressed his delight that the company was expanding its reach into what he called "Europe’s most promising solar market to date".

"We are committed to working with well-established companies with a solid project pipeline, such as Push Energy," he said. "This move also supports our long-term commitment to the U.K. market, where we see sustainable growth potential in the coming years."

The 66 MW will bolster Yingli’s global module footprint, which earlier in August surpassed 10 GW, strengthening the vertically integrated PV manufacturer’s position as the world’s leading module supplier.

Yingli and the U.K. could prove a fruitful matchup for both parties – the British solar market has grown faster than any other in Europe this year, surpassing 5 GW cumulative capacity last month and poised for sustained growth throughout the remainder of the year.

However, next April’s removal of the Renewable Obligation Certificate (ROC) scheme for solar plants greater in size than 5 MW could slow the utility scale segment’s growth as the U.K. government switches its support for commercial and rooftop solar installations.