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Yingli supplies 10MW PV modules for UK island solar plant

China manufacturer Yingli Green Energy supplies multicrystalline PV modules totalling 10MW to UK firm Solarcentury for solar plant on Isle of Sheppey

Sunset over the Isle of Sheppey
The Yingli multicrystalline PV modules will be installed on the Isle of Sheppey, located approximately 85km east of London

Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green Energy (Yingli) has supplied multicrystalline PV modules totalling 10MW for a solar plant based on a UK island. Yingli, a world-leading vertically integrated PV manufacturer based in Baoding, China, has supplied the multicrystalline PV modules to Solarcentury, a leading UK solar company, for the plant on the Isle of Sheppey.  

Under terms of the agreement between Yingli and Solarcentury, the Chinese manufacturer has completed delivery of approximately 40,000 PV modules. The PV modules, which were delivered at the end of February, will be installed on the Isle of Sheppey, which is located approximately 85km east of London, UK.

The solar plant will produce approximately 10,000MWh of electricity per year. The PV plant is being acquired by the Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF), the first UK solar focused fund listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Solarcentury chief operating office Matthew Boulton, said, the project continues a “strong” five-year relationship with Yingli Green Energy.

“Solarcentury looks back on a strong partnership built on trust with Yingli Green Energy for more than five years with the intention to deepen the collaboration moving forward,” he said. “We are delighted to continue this trusted partnership within the scope of this exciting project."

The UK business development director of Yingli Green Energy, Ramin Dilmaghanian, said: "As a strategic partner in the UK, we look forward to continuing our cooperation with Solarcentury, a company that has been around since the early days of the solar industry."

The chairman and chief executive officer of Yingli Green Energy, Liansheng Miao said the UK has potential to become Europe’s biggest solar market.

"With roughly 2.5GW of solar capacity in place in the UK, the country is set to become the largest solar market in Europe. We believe that solar can make a meaningful contribution to the country’s target of 15 per cent renewable generation by 2020 and beyond," he said.

The news from Yingli Green Energy follows other Chinese manufacturers delivering PV modules for solar projects in the UK this month. This includes JA Solar, which announced more agreements to supply its high-efficiency PV modules to British Solar Renewables. Also in March, firm ET Solar entered the UK solar market and started to build a 8.4MWp PV plant in South West England.