Yingli Green Energy (Yingli Solar) sees new energy policies in China bringing new opportunities to expand its distributed solar generation initiatives and help meet China's energy demand more sustainably. The company recently celebrated the successful completion of its first demonstration project under the new policy, which was developed for DuPont, and also set a goal to expand its efforts to pursue additional distributed generation projects.
In September, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a new policy to help the country achieve an installation target of 13GW of solar energy in 2014, with a focus on accelerating distributed solar generation. Since only 3.3 GW of solar energy was installed in China in the first half of 2014 according to NEA, Yingli Solar continues vigorously pursuing additional distributed generation projects to help close the gap by year end.
"NEA has set an ambitious goal of solar power to help China meet its growing clean energy demand and Yingli Solar is going all out to support them in meeting the target,” said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy. “We understand what is most critical to ensure distributed generation projects succeed: close collaborations, superior technology and lasting quality, and we are intensifying our downstream efforts to accelerate distributed generation installations,"
The recently announced completion of a 210 kW distributed solar generation project on the rooftop of the DuPont China R&D Center in Shanghai demonstrates Yingli's efforts to promote the development of distributed PV generation projects. Yingli was responsible for the system's design, installation, and interconnection. The installation also employed high efficiency n-type PANDA solar cells, which are made using a specialized new DuPont™ Solamet® PV3Nx silver/aluminum metallization paste. To help ensure long term durability, DuPont™ Tedlar® film-based back sheets in a tri-layer construction (TPT) were specified to provide the highest thermal stability, reducing the risk of cracking, blistering and delamination that can compromise electrical safety, and lightweight framing materials from DuPont were utilized decrease the weight on the roof and ease installation. Additionally, Yingli and DuPont signed a 25 year energy management contract which specified that the 202,000 kWh of solar-generated electricity the system expected to produce each year will be sold to DuPont and consumed by DuPont China R&D Center.
Based on the system's expected generation and local weather conditions, national feed-in tariffs, and local incentives, the project's investment is expected to be recouped in approximately six years.