Chinese wind company looks at solar

China‘s largest wind turbine manufacturer is exploring co-location of solar with its planned wind power operations in Australia.

John Titchen, MD of Xinjiang Goldwind’s Australian operation told Bloomberg Business yesterday (Thursday) the company was exploring co-location and shared infrastructure opportunities in the wake of Australia’s revised clean energy targets.

In May, Australia finally confirmed its revised renewable energy target for 2020, reducing it from 41 TWh to 33 TWh and including natural forest waste wood as a clean energy but removing the uncertainty for developers, particularly with the decision to dispense with a mooted biennial review of the target.

"There’s potential for co-location of solar and wind farms and sharing infrastructure," Goldwind’s Titchen told Bloomberg, "that’s an interesting hybrid opportunity going forward."