Solar solutions provider Canadian Solar will design, erect, run and maintain a 500MW solar energy plant in China after it won development rights for the project.

Canadian Solar’s chairman and chief executive officer Dr Shawn Qu said the company’s experience in supplying high quality modules to several international solar power initiatives helped it secure development rights for the initiative.

According to a letter of intent from the Administration Committee of Baotou National Rare Earth Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone (CPT) located in Baotou, Inner Mongolia, the power station will be based in CPT.

The CPT director Fu Ren said the solar project will help develop China’s PV end-user market and help ensure sustainable and cleaner economic growth in Baotou.

The initiative, which has been split into three parts, is subject to government authorisations and a practicability study.

Until necessary authorisations are attained and the study is finished there are no mandatory commitments.

The initial phase, which entails the erection of a 100MW PV system, is scheduled to begin next month and finish by the end of 2011.

The second and last phase of the project each entail erection of 200MW PV systems.