Astronergy, a unit of Chint Solar, today formally launched the first 10-megawatts (MW) phase of a planned 100-MW photovoltaic power station in central China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. The project, which will initially cover two square kilometers in Shizuishan City, is expected to be completed within three years. Located in the Gobi Desert region, it will receive, on average, 1,600 hours of sunlight per year.
Half of the first phase of the project will use Astronergy’s conventional crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV modules. The other half will use Astronergy’s new amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon tandem junction thin film technology (a-Si/uc-Si).
Considering an average daily consumption of 2 kWh per family per day, the Astronergy station will provide adequate power for more than 50,000 families.
Founded in 2006, Astronergy is based in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. The company claims to be the first Chinese company to bring mass production of second-generation amorphous silicon/microcrystalline silicon tandem junction thin film technology (a-Si/uc-Si) to market.
In June 2009, the company inaugurated its first 30-MW a-Si/uc-Si mass production line, and expects to reach 1 gigawatt (GW) production capacity by 2012.
In April, Chint Solar announced that it raised US$50 million in a round of funding led by Cybernaut Growth Fund and Shanghai Alliance Investment.