Chinese solar power company, Canadian Solar, added to its impressive U.K. portfolio earlier in 2016, by adding six solar power plants to the grid. They were covered by the now outdated Renewable Obligations Certificate (ROC), so represent a dying breed of solar projects in the U.K. that will be covered under the scheme.
The six plants were connected to the U.K. grid in March 2016, and have a total operating capacity of 39.4 MWp. It builds on an impressive 2015 for PV installations in the U.K., as a total of 3.7 GW of PV capacity was added to the country, but unfortunately represents some of the last of the projects that will be connected under the ROC.
The additional 39.4 MWp does take Canadian Solars PV presence in the U.K. past 100 MWp, now standing at approximately 103 MWp. We are very pleased to announce that our portfolio of operating solar power plants in the U.K. has now reached over 100 MWp, said Dr. Shawn Qu, Chairman and CEO of Canadian Solar. We remain committed to leveraging our industry-leading position and expertise in solar project development to meet the growing demand of clean solar energy in the U.K. and around the world.
Other news coming out of Canadian Solar today is the appointment of Jianyi Zhang as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. Zhang recently held senior positions with a variety of Chinese law firms, as well as with Walmart Stores, Inc and Troutman Sanders LLP.
I am delighted to welcome Jianyi to the Canadian Solar team, commented Qu. Jianyi brings to us deep legal expertise and a breadth of experience with prominent international companies.