SunPower, Apple to collaborate on 170MW of China PV

SunPower has agreed to install 170MW of PV capacity at three sites in northern China, in cooperation with Apple and a local partner.

Upon completion in late 2016, SunPower will jointly own the projects with joint-venture partner Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor and another undisclosed investor, which Bloomberg has identified as Apple, citing SunPower chief executive Tom Werner.

The terms of the deal were not disclosed.

All of the projects will be constructed in China’s Inner Mongolia region, according to a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission.

SunPower will build a 100MW array and another 20MW plant near the city of Hohhot, as well as a 50MW near the town of Mandahtu. 

In April, the San Jose-based PV module supplier and project developer announced plans to build 40MW of PV capacity in cooperation with Apple in Sichuan province.

In October 2014, it also announced a $20m deal to develop and own roughly 3GW of solar capacity in the southwestern Chinese province, in collaboration with state-owned Tianjin Zhonghuan Semiconductor.

The venture will primarily develop low-concentration PV (LCPV) systems, based on SunPower’s C7 tracker technology.