China-based Suntech Power Holdings – the world’s biggest manufacturer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) modules that convert light energy into electricity – has signed agreements to develop 4 solar-power plants in China.
Suntech Power Holdings Company Limited says it has signed pacts with the governments of Shaanxi province and Qinghai province as well as the city governments of Shizuishan and Panzhihua to produce 1.8 gigawatts of solar power.
While the Shaanxi facility is planned to produce 300 megawatts of electricity, the other three projects will produce 500 megawatts of power each. Suntech Power said in a statement that the implementation of the 4 mega-projects is subject to permission from the National Development and Reform Commission and also subject to getting the necessary investment and financing.
According to an expert on solar power, the 4 projects of Suntech Power are still in the preliminary stages. They are very important however since the scale of solar projects in China will, on average, be much bigger than those in other countries.
In June 2009, Suntech Power Holdings Company Limited announced that it was planning to develop a 500-megawatt project in China’s Qinghai province.