China to open bidding for solar thermal plant this year

16:34, June 03, 2010      

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This year, China will open bidding for a concession on a new solar thermal power-generation site, which follows the successful establishment of the Dunhuang 10 megawatt photovoltaic power-generation project last year.

The project, to be located in Inner Mongolia, has a designed power generation capacity of 50 megawatts, five times bigger than the Dunhuang photovoltaic project.

"The exact time for the launch has not been fixed yet," said Shi Lishan, deputy director of Renewable Energy Department of the National Energy Administration (NEA) yesterday.

With the completion of the Dunhuang photovoltaic project, China's photovoltaic market was born and achieved over a 100 megawatt photovoltaic grid-connected installed capacity in 2009.

"The effect of bidding for this concession may be reflected compared with the Dunhuang photovoltaic project established in 2009," Shi said.

The government is attempting to lower photovoltaic prices via bidding, but Shi said that the increasing price of photovoltaic parts in the international market makes this more difficult. However, the government will consistently stress the development of new energy, he said.

By People's Daily Online


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