Suntech to develop 20% of BIPV Solar Rooftop Program projects, China
13, 2009 - Emma Hughes- PV-tech.org
Suntech Power expects to develop
approximately 20% of the 91MW of solar projects that were approved under China's
Solar Rooftop Program, launched in March this year by the Ministry of Finance.
solar rooftop program is designed to increase the energy efficiency of buildings
through the installation of BAPV and BIPV solar systems. The first set of applications
for this project was submitted in April 2009, however to date, 111 solar projects
totaling 91MW across China have now been approved. These projects will now receive
funds through the program in order to develop the systems. System owners can expect
to receive approximately RMB13-17/watt rebate for all projects approved through
Suntech expects to be responsible for 20% of these applications,
participating as the system owner or partial investor in several projects. The
company has already completed 4MW of the approved projects with plans to develop
the remaining projects by the middle of next year. Specific project agreements
will be signed prior to implementation.
"Building energy use accounts for
roughly 28% of total energy consumption in China and is a critical front in the
drive to achieve higher energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions," said Dr.
Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's chairman and CEO. "The Ministry of Finance Solar Building
Program recognizes the huge opportunity to offset building energy consumption
with integrated solar energy generation. We are very pleased to demonstrate the
capability of this technology and we hope to see this valuable solar program expanded
in 2010 and beyond."
The Solar Rooftop Program is designed to place emphasis
on highly integrated forms of PV. Suntech is just one company who is shifting
dedication to BIPV products with an experienced system design and integration
teams as the PV market moves in this direction.
"Solar is an ideal solution
to improve energy efficiency as it can be built into the skin of a building and
serves the dual function of a building material and an energy generating system.
We should view the countless rooftops across China as an underutilized resource
that can easily support clean, distributed energy generation," added Dr. Shi.