Yingli kits-out UK record rooftop

The UK is set to overhaul Germany as a solar power

The 5.8MW Jaguar Land Rover solar array

China’s Yingli Solar has provided renewables developer Kingspan Energy with 10MW of PV modules, including 5.8MW for use in the largest rooftop solar project in the UK.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed and Yingli did not offer more details of the 5.8MW array, beyond saying it is on the roof of an automotive company in England’s Midlands and was completed in the first quarter of this year.

The project in question is almost certainly that unveiled by Jaguar Land Rover in early April atop its engine plant in Staffordshire.

Kingspan has used the remaining 4.2MW of Yingli PANDA modules in other undisclosed rooftop projects throughout the UK.

Baoding-based Yingli, the world’s top module supplier last year, has made a number of significant announcements in recent weeks.

It secured a deal in April to sell 300MW of grid-connected PV plants in China over the next three years to Hong Kong-listed United Photovoltaic Group (formerly known as Goldpoly).

Last month it also announced plans to team up with investment firm Sailing Capital to form a 1bn yuan ($160m) fund to support PV investments throughout China.

More recently, Yingli revealed that it intends to start making “co-branded” modules in France with an unnamed local partner.

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