First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) and China Power International New Energy Holding Limited (CPINE), a wholly owned subsidiary of China Power New Energy Development Company Limited (CPNE; HKEX Stock Code: 735), today signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to collaborate on solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in China, the United States and other international markets. China Power International Holding Limited New Energy Development Supervisor, China Power New Energy Development Company Limited CEO, China Power International New Energy General Manager Liu Genyu and TK Kallenbach, President of First Solar's Components Business Group, signed the agreement at a ceremony in Beijing today with Madame Li Xiaolin, Chairwoman of China Power International Holding Limited, CPNE and CPINE.
Under the terms of the agreement, First Solar and CPINE will initially explore collaboration on solar PV projects in China and identify project investment opportunities for CPINE in the U.S. and other global solar markets, leveraging CPINE's role as a leading renewable energy developer in China, including CPINE's planned 2 GW of solar in China by 2020, and First Solar's expertise as a leading global solar PV technology company, including its 2.4 GW pipeline in North America.
"We are very pleased to build an extensive and in-depth relationship with First Solar, a global leader in solar PV technology. This cooperation leverages our advantages in the domestic solar power industry, and helps First Solar further expand its business presence in China. In addition, we are happy to explore other cooperation opportunities in different areas and through different methods with First Solar, working together to further expand in the global market," said Madame Li. "Solar power offers tremendous growth potential in China and the U.S."
"First Solar is very pleased to be expanding our commercial presence in China by establishing this relationship with CPINE, one of the premier clean energy state-owned companies in China and a leader in clean energy development," said Kallenbach. "Both China and the U.S. are important markets with vast potential for sustainable solar energy, and this agreement can serve as a model for U.S.-China collaboration on renewable energy. Our agreement with CPINE also includes the potential to expand to other international markets, which could open up tremendous opportunities."