Huawei to supply 100 MW to ZhongLi Talesun project on former coal site

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Huawei is supplying a 100 MW PV power plant project at a former coal mine site in China’s Ningxia Province. The project has high irradiance of 3,080 hours annually, and will assist with the regions transition from coal mining, as coal assets become depleted.

“Because the PV power plant is built on a desert in a harsh environment, reliability is of great concern during solution design and product selection,” said the unnamed project owner, in a Huawei press statement. “The power plant is simple, standardized, and can withstand a harsh environment with dust, salt mist, high temperature, high humidity, and high altitude.”

Huawei said its 0-Touch maintenance system would be deployed on the project. It is supplied as a part of Huawei’s smart PV power station concept.

To date, Huawei has supplied ZhongLi Talesun with 1 GW of inverters for its projects.

China’s booming PV power plant market continues to deliver significant demand to local suppliers. SPV Research’s Paula Mints reports that China has installed some 15 GW of new PV capacity thus far in 2015, exceeding expectations. In a remarkable result, by the end of the year it is likely to achieve some 18 GW.

Curtailment issues are emerging in China, although this is not uniform across the country. Mints reports that in some regions curtailment of PV capacity can be as high as 90%, creating “ghost installations” that are underperforming in terms of what electricity is being fed into the grid.

There are no indications that curtailment will affect the 100 MW third stage of the ZhongFli Talesun project. In fact, with the region sporting well-developed coal mining infrastructure it could very well be the case that significant under utilized grid capacity exists in the region.

Paula Mints’ full analysis of China’s "ghost PV power plants" and the booming utility scale market will be published in the November edition of pv magazine.