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Spanish firms select Chinese PV to build Latin America’s largest solar energy plant

Gestamp Solar and Solarpack choose Yingli Solar modules to develop 40MW PV installation in Peru

Over a 140,000 Chinese PV modules are being used to build the solar plant in Peru

Two Spanish solar firms have selected Chinese PV modules to develop what will be Latin America’s biggest PV plant. China’s Yingli Solar, one of the world's largest vertically integrated photovoltaic manufacturers, has supplied 40MW of PV modules for the solar plant, which Spanish firms Gestamp Solar and Solarpack are installing in Peru.
The project is based in two locations. The first is approximately 20MW in Tacna with over 75,300 Yingli YL290 PV modules on an area of 120 hectares. The second is approximately 20MW in Moqueua with over 72,000 Yingli YL290 PV modules on an area of 123 hectares. The project is expected to be in operation at the end of 2012.

The solar plant is the largest in Latin America and is expected to produce enough energy to power more than 67,000 homes in the area. It is expected to avoid 24,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Jingli said by combining forces on this historic project, the Gestamp Solar-Solarpack joint venture and Yingli Green Energy are showcasing their strong commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship.

Liansheng Miao, chairman and chief executive officer of Yingli Green Energy, said: "We are pleased to achieve this important milestone in Latin America. Peru is one of the most important emerging markets in Latin America given its strong solar energy potential. By supplying modules for this project we are paving the way for substantial expansion throughout South America."

Fernando Calisalvo, general managing of Yingli Green Energy Spain, added: "We are pleased to cooperate with Gestamp Solar and with Solarpack to complete the largest solar plant in Latin America. This project plays a very important strategic role for our continued success."

Jorge Barredo, chief executive officer of Gestamp Solar, said: "This project reinforces our presence in Latin America as one of main pillars of our international expansion, and help us to become one of leading solar companies in the Latin American industry."