Yingli Solar has finalised plans for a joint venture with the renewables subsidiary of state-owned China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC), taking aim at China’s under-developed distributed-generation market.
with CNNC unit China Rich Energy Corp., will target 500MW of initial
distributed-generation capacity across China, at least 200MW of which will be
built on CNNC sites.
agreement – announced just days after Yingli unveiled plans for a separate JV
with a unit of state-owned coal giant Datong Coal Mine Group – comes amid a
push by Beijing to bring a greater sense of unification to China’s broader
energy goals, a programme which includes shaking out many smaller,
uncompetitive PV manufacturers.
the Chinese government ramped up its target for 2014 PV installations to 12GW,
including 8GW of distributed PV, a market segment which has taken off slowly in
the country compared to utility-scale projects.
experts, including IHS, have predicted that China will fall “far short” of its
12GW target due to its inexperience with distributed PV.
Yingli chief executive Liansheng Miao says he expects the distributed PV sector
will undergo “rapid growth in China in the near term”.
focus on distributed PV would ease some of the grid-related challenges China’s
renewables industries face.
Xu, deputy general manager of China Rich Energy, says the JV’s plans for
distributed PV are “in line with the strategic targets of the Chinese
Energy was created by CNNC in 2011 as a vehicle for investing in the country’s
fast-growing wind and solar sectors.
remains committed to nuclear power development, we are increasing our
activities in the renewable-energy space, in order to expand our development
space,” Xu says.