Huadian to build 300MW of Fujian wind

China Huadian Group has signed an agreement to build 300MW of wind farms in southern Fujian province, according to a report.

The developer, one of China’s ‘big five’ power companies, signed the agreement with Pinghe county government for several hundred megawatts of thermal and wind power plants.

The wind farms will be built on hilly areas across the county, which is famous for its ‘tulou’, or traditional fortified communal houses. Huadian will invest 2.4bn yuan ($384m) in the wind projects, says the state-run People’s Daily newspaper.

The Beijing-based company could not be reached to comment.

Fujian province, located along China’s southeast coast, has a steadily growing wind market, with its strong grid attractive to developers facing high levels of curtailment in northern parts of the country.

Currently most of Fujian’s projects are operated by Longyuan and local players, but new developers are eyeing the market.

The National Energy Administration approved 540MW of new wind farms in Fujian last March.

Both XEMC and Vestas are currently major suppliers of wind turbines to projects in the province.

Huadian had 4.4GW of installed wind and other new-energy capacity, excluding hydropower, at the end of 2012, according to its website.