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US firm enters Chinese thin-film solar market

US company First Solar will supply China with advanced solar technologies marking the first of many opportunities for collaboration

A private Chinese power generator has become the world's largest maker by output of thin-film solar modules with an annual capacity of up to 3 gigawatts

A US clean energy developer has agreed to supply two megawatts of thin-film solar modules to a Chinese firm’s solar project. The collaboration marks the first commercial demonstration project in China for the firm.

First Solar Inc will provide its products to Zhenfa New Energy Science and Technology Co Ltd during the first quarter of 2013.

The solar projects, owned by Zhangfa, have been approved and are located in Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

"This agreement marks an important step forward in First Solar's efforts to support China's renewable energy goals with its advanced solar technologies and global solar industry expertise," said Bruce Yung, vice-president of business development at First Solar China. "I expect this will be the first of many opportunities for collaboration between First Solar and Chinese companies, both within China and globally."

Last week, Hanergy Holding Group Ltd, a private Chinese power generator, announced it had become the world's largest maker by output of thin-film solar modules, replacing First Solar, with an annual capacity of up to 3 gigawatts.