Shanghai-based development company JA Solar is supplying 420MV of modules for a national advanced photovoltaic (PV) technology demonstration project in Datong, in the Shanxi province of China.
Also known as Front Runner, the project's $1.6bn first phase will comprise of 13 PV power stations and have a total installed capacity of 950MW. JA Solar is delivering 44% of the total modules required.
Once completed, the Datong PV facility will be able to produce 1.5 billion kWh of on-grid energy every year, reducing the annual burning of coal by 480,000t.
Front Runner has been established by the National Energy Administration in a bid to promote the development of advanced solar PV technology by domestic suppliers.
JA Solar's president Jian Xie said: "The Front Runner programme is helping China's PV equipment industry achieve many desirable goals. The programme promotes ongoing technological innovation, improved manufacturing processes, new and useful applications, and high-standards for quality and testing.
"JA Solar is proud to supply nearly half of the modules for this first demonstration project in Datong. We intend to pursue further technology innovations, which will contribute to the healthy evolution of China's PV and manufacturing sectors."