CMNE starts 65MW China plant

China Merchants New Energy (CMNE) has started constructing a 65MW solar plant near Hohhot, in China’s Inner Mongolia region.

The project – a mix of ground-mount, rooftop and wall-integrated PV at an agricultural site – will be completed by the end of this year, CMNE said in a statement.

The PV project developer and module maker is participating in the 65MW project under a six-party framework agreement signed in August to install 400MW of solar this year, 600MW next year and 1GW in 2015.

The six companies are targeting 5GW of installations in the next five years. The group includes engineering, procurement and construction provider GD Solar, a unit of Chinese energy giant Guodian.

In May CMNE agreed to develop 300MW of PV with with the municipal authorities in Xingtai, in China’s Hebei province.