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Chinese car firm to build 18MW of solar power plants

Shanghai Aerospace gets approval to develop two 9MW solar energy plants in China's Gansu Province

The two PV plants will total 18MW and will be built in China’s Gansu Province

A Chinese automobile firm has been given approval to develop solar power plants totalling 18MW in the BRIC country. Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical, a maker of car air conditioners and solar-power parts, has secured approval from the Gansu Provincial Development and Reform Commission to develop solar energy farms in the northwestern Chinese province.

Its unit Gansu Zhangye Shenzhou Photovoltaic Power will build “two plants, each with a capacity of 9MW at Zhangye city in Gansu,” Shanghai Aerospace has said in a filing to the Shanghai stock exchange, according to Bloomberg. The cost of the projects and other financial information weren’t disclosed.

The Shanghai-based company said in August it secured approval to develop an additional three projects totalling 27MW in Gansu’s Jiayuguan city.

Shanghai Aerospace Automobile Electromechanical is principally engaged in new energy development, as well as the manufacture and distribution of automobile spare parts and new materials. The company's major products include solar cell modules and automobile electronic products. 

The news from the company is the latest example of a Chinese firm looking to develop solar energy plants in the BRIC country’s Gansu Province. It follows companies JinkoSolar and Three Gorges New Energy signing a contract to develop a 50MW PV plant in the province in early October.