New milestone for First Solar Inner Mongolia solar project

First Solar, Inc. and China Guangdong Nuclear Solar Energy Development Co., Ltd. (CGN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of Phase 1 of the previously announced thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) plant in Ordos, Inner Mongolia.

The agreement represents an important step forward for the Ordos project, following First Solar’s MOU with the Ordos Government in September 2009, and the Chinese government’s recent approval of the pre-feasibility study for Phase 1 in September 2010. First Solar President Bruce Sohn and CGN President Han Qinghao signed the MOU at a ceremony in Beijing recently.

“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,” commented Han Qinghao.

Under the terms of the MOU, First Solar and CGN will work together to execute the 30-MW AC first-phase demonstration project. CGN will be the majority project owner and operator, performing the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) functions for the project. First Solar will supply its advanced thin-film solar PV modules to the project and will support CGN with EPC and O&M advisory services.

“First Solar is honored to be working on the Ordos project with CGN SEDC, a company with demonstrated leadership, expertise and experience. 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 Bruce Sohn.

According to First Solar, the Ordos project represents “the first large-scale solar collaboration between China and the United States” and “an example of China-US bilateral cooperation on renewable energy”.

By the end of 2010, CGN had completed construction of solar facilities capable of producing 20 MW, and is currently in the process of constructing facilities with a capacity of 70 MW.

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