Solar Power Contract Goes to Chinese Solar Firm With $6.2 Billion in Funding
The U.S. is set to sign a $6 billion contract to build a solar farm in the Chinese province of Henan, the second contract for solar energy in as many months and a sign of rising Chinese interest in American solar.
The announcement comes just a week after the Trump administration announced that it was putting $2.7 billion toward Chinese solar projects and $1.7 million toward a U.N. climate change program.
In an interview with The Hill, Energy Secretary Rick Perry said that the $6 million in funding will be allocated to the project in China’s Henan Province.
The agreement will include an $8 billion solar plant that will generate enough power to power nearly 1.8 million homes, the solar farm’s website said.
The deal comes as the U.K. is trying to develop a national solar energy strategy that is designed to spur investment in renewable energy.
The U.G. pledged $2 billion to the Uyghur and Kazakhistan regions in January, and the U,S.
has pledged another $1 billion to Xinjiang in recent months.
The Uyghan region is home to some 1.3 million Uyhamans.
The contract will cover more than 50 percent of the land area for the proposed solar farm, according to the website.
The solar farm will have about 600 megawatts of capacity, with the largest power plant expected to be a 3,500-megawatt plant with 1,000 megawatts.
The project will be located in the Uruzgan province of Urumqi, a Uyhmaut region of Xinjiang.
The project will have a total area of 2.7 square kilometers, according the website, and is expected to create 200,000 direct jobs.
The new solar plant will be connected to the existing solar plant in Urumpi.
The project is expected have a combined total capacity of 1.5 gigawatts of solar capacity, and will generate an annual output of 2,000 gigawatts, according Xinhua.
The construction is expected take eight to 10 years, according a statement by the Urumei Energy Development Corporation.
The company said that China has been the leading market for solar technology.
It said the project will provide a strong foundation for future expansion.
The China National Solar Energy Corporation (CNEC) is the company that will build the solar power plant.
The contract for the Uyuqi project is worth around $2,300 million, according CNEC.
The Chinese state-owned company has been building solar projects in the Middle East and Central Asia for years, but they are largely located in Xinjiang, a predominantly Uyharan region of China.