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US, Chinese firms collaborate on solar project


First Solar enlisted the help of a Chinese firm to facilitate the construction of its.30MW plant in Ordos, China.

Work on the project, which was originally scheduled to commence in June, was delayed when the Chinese government failed to pass legislation on preferential tariff rates for solar-generated electricity.

The US-based First Solar’s collaboration with China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development is the first between US and Chinese firms on a large-scale solar project in China.

The American company will supply its thin-film modules and adopt an advisory role in the engineering process.

“We look forward to working together to make the Ordos project a reality and to contributing to China’s renewable energy goals and market development,” said First Solar’s president, Bruce Sohn.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with First Solar, a global leader in solar PV technology, in developing the first significant solar project to adopt advanced thin-film technology in China,” added CGN SEDC’s president Han Qinghao.

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