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April 16, 2015

SunPower and Apple to build two solar projects in China

Solar panel producer SunPower has partnered with Apple to develop two power projects in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures of China.

Solar panel producer SunPower has partnered with Apple to develop two power projects in ABA Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefectures of China.

Both plants will have a capacity of 40MW, which will be jointly owned by Apple and SunPower’s project joint venture partner, Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development.

The projects include Hongyuan Huanju Ecological Energy project with 20MW capacity and Ruoergai Huanju Ecological Energy with 20MW. Both the projects are located in the ABA Prefecture and construction on these projects is already underway.

"Our unique, existing partnerships in China allowed for these projects to come to fruition quickly."

Once completed, the projects will supply up to 80 million kilowatt-hours a year of solar power.

SunPower will adopt its ‘light-on-land’ approach for both the projects.

The dual use approach adopted by the company will allow the plants to continue generating power while pasture farming continues. Hongyuan project already generates 2MW solar power, which is connected to the grid using SunPower’s LCPV tracker.

SunPower’s LCPV tracker technology combines single-axis tracking technology with rows of parabolic mirrors, reflecting light to its Maxeon cells.

SunPower president and CEO Tom Werner said, "This is a tremendous groundbreaking collaboration, bringing together a diverse group of experienced partners from different parts of the globe to build renewable solar energy ventures that contribute to the local economy and the environment.

"Our unique, existing partnerships in China allowed for these projects to come to fruition quickly."

"These projects will provide clean, renewable energy, help address climate change, and continue to provide agricultural benefits to the local farmers, while protecting the area’s precious land."

Both the projects are scheduled for completion later this year.

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