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JinkoSolar in 274MWp PV deal with Acciona for South Africa and Australia solar farms

China PV maker enters agreement with Spanish firm to supply PV modules for large solar plants in SA’s Northern Cape and Australia’s ACT territory

Solar power plant in South Africa
The solar farms using JinkoSolar PV modules will be some of the largest in South Africa and Australia

Chinese PV manufacturer JinkoSolar has entered into an agreement with Spain's Acciona to supply 274MWp PV modules for large scale solar farms in South Africa and Australia. The Chinese solar company will supply the PV modules for a solar farm in South Africa's Northern Cape Province and one in the ACT territory of Australia.

Once complete, the solar farm in Northern Cape Province will be one of the three largest solar farms on the African continent. The project will use approximately 319,600 high-efficiency JinkoSolar PV modules and will produce approximately 206GWh per year. This will avoid emissions of around 198,000 metric tons of CO2 in coal-fired power stations.

The news follows other major developments moving solar power forward in South Africa's Northern Cape Province this month. Solar construction company Abengoa completed the tower for South Africa's first concentrated solar power plant in early September.

Meanwhile, once complete, the solar farm in ACT territory, called the Royalla PV Plant, will be one of the biggest PV plants in Australia. The project will use approximately 81,600 modules of high-efficiency and will produce energy for 4,500 homes.

Mr. Xiande Li, chairman of JinkoSolar, said: "It is an honour to work with ACCIONA on the milestone project in South Africa and Australia as a beginning, which will not only substantially diversify South Africa and Australia's clean energy mix, but will also set a good example of solar energy. We will work closely with ACCIONA, our reliable partner, to fulfil our shared commitment to delivering affordable solar electricity to the world."

According to the agreements, JinkoSolar will supply Oakleaf Investment, a joint-venture invested by ACCIONA and its South African local partner, a South African-based cooperation, with 94MWp of high-efficiency solar modules. These will be supplied from November 2013 through to September 2014 for the Northern Cape solar farm.

JinkoSolar will also supply 24,07MWp of high-efficiency solar modules starting from October 2013 through to December 2013 for the Royalla PV Plant located in Australia. Acciona Energy Oceania will build the plant.

JinkoSolar will also supply ACCIONA with 156MWp PV modules. But this is subject to further discussion and final definitive supply agreements between the parties in the future, JinkoSolar said.