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JA Solar to supply PV for world leading hybrid hydro-solar plant in China

China solar manufacturer in 96MW deal for two projects in Qinghai Province including hybrid plant to be largest of its kind

Power station by lake with sunset
The plant will be a hybrid hydro-solar power station, the largest of its kind in the world

China's JA Solar has announced it will supply solar modules for what will be the world's largest hybrid hydro-solar power plant. The company, which is one of the world's largest manufacturers of high-performance solar power products, will supply 96MW for two projects, one of which will be a hybrid hydro-solar project, in China's Qinghai Province.

The 320MW project is a hybrid hydro-solar power plant that will work in conjunction with the existing Longyangxia Hydro Power Station to increase and smooth energy generation.

Upon completion, JA Solar said the hybrid hydro-solar power station will become the largest of its kind in the world. The second solar project will have a capacity of 200MW.

The news follows an interest in hybrid solar plants in India. Investors in India were invited to submit proposals for a government project on building plants based on hybrid biomass and solar thermal technology in July.

For the projects, JA Solar will supply its modules to firm CPI Huanghe Hydropower Development, a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Power Investment Corporation (CPI). Delivery of the modules has already commenced and will be completed later this month. The projects are expected to commence commercial operations in October this year. Both projects are located in Gonghe County in Qinghai's Hainan Autonomous Prefecture.

JA Solar said the extreme temperatures in the region mean it is among the world's most challenging environments for solar installations.

Mr. Baofang Jin, executive chairman and CEO of JA Solar, said: "These projects are the latest product of our successful partnership with CPI and a big win for JA Solar as we look to take advantage of increased installation activity in China. Due to the harsh environment, quality was a key criterion for the projects, and the fact that JA Solar was selected from a wide pool of potential suppliers demonstrates the superior reliability and durability of our modules. We expect the quality of our modules to continue to be a significant advantage as we look to expand our footprint across key markets."