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Emergen Completes First Solar Storage Project in China

Solar project developer said on Tuesday it completed connecting its inaugural solar storage project to the grid in Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang Province late last month

China has seen a 'jaw-dropping surge' in solar and wind power capacity, but its outdated power grid needs improvements, experts say.
China could supply a third of its power consumption from renewable sources by 2030, but it needs new energy storage systems to get its solar and wind power on to local grids. This image shows workers checking solar PV modules in Chuzhou, Anhui province. File photo: AFP.


Solar project developer Emeren Group said on Tuesday it has completed connecting its inaugural solar storage project to the grid in Ningbo in China’s Zhejiang Province on September 26.

The project has a capacity of 1.2 megawatt hours (MWh) and is backed by a private long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with a local off-taker.

The group said it has been strategically designed to yield high returns through daily price arbitration, while emphasizing the company’s commitment to sustainable and financially responsible energy solutions.


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Emeren Group, which is listed in New York, describes itself as a leading global solar project developer, owner, and operator, with a pipeline of projects and Independent Power Producer assets totalling over 3 gigawatts (GW), as well as a storage pipeline of over 6 GWh across Europe, North America and Asia.

The company focuses on solar power project development, construction management and project financing services with local professional teams across multiple countries, mainly in Europe – and now China.

Emergen’s chief executive Yumin Liu said: “We are absolutely thrilled to witness the successful operation of our inaugural solar energy storage project in China. This project marks a major milestone and represents a defining chapter in our journey toward becoming a leading global renewable energy company.

“In addition to this accomplishment, we currently have a portfolio of projects in the planning and execution phases in China, including several commercial and industrial sized storage projects that are currently under construction.

“We plan to further expand our storage portfolio under our light IPP strategy. Furthermore, we remain steadfast in our commitment to executing our storage business strategies, solidifying our dedication to sustainable and innovative energy solutions.”

China’s installed solar capacity is expected to double to 1,000 gigawatts (GW) by the end of 2026 as the world’s second-largest economy continues to ramp up investment in renewables, energy research firm Rystad Energy wrote in a note published last month.


  • Reuters with additional reporting and editing by Jim Pollard




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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years.


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