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Chinese PV totalling 96MW to build leading South African solar plant

Yingli Green Energy signs contract to supply its PV modules to 180 hectare Jasper PV Solar Plant in Northern Cape

Yingli Green Energy said the project marks a major milestone in its aim to bring renewable energy to emerging markets such as South Africa

More than 95MW of Chinese PV technology is being used to build one of the biggest solar farms in South Africa. Chinese solar manufacturer Yingli Green Energy has signed a contract to supply 96MW of PV modules to the 180 hectare Jasper PV Solar Plant, located in South Africa's Northern Cape.

The plant is one of the largest solar projects in South Africa and is expected to produce enough energy to power more than 30,000 homes in the area. It is expected to avoid the emission of 145,891.43 tonnes of CO2 every year.

A consortium formed by Iberdrola Ingenieria y Construccion ("Iberdrola") and South African company Group Five has been selected by Jasper Power Company to build the Jasper PV Plant in South Africa, which will be powered by more than 325,000 Yingli multi-crystalline modules spread across 180 hectares. Yingli Green Energy is the exclusive PV module supplier for the project, which said Iberdrola selected based on its experience of "performance yield in existing projects, superb quality and technology leadership."

Yingli Green Energy said its involvement in the project is a "major milestone" in bringing renewable energy to emerging markets.

Mr. Liansheng Miao, chairman and chief executive officer of Yingli Green Energy, said: "This project is a major milestone in our strategy to bring affordable green energy for all into emerging markets like Africa."