Chinese solar photovoltaic module manufacturer ZNShine Solar announced it will work with renewable technology provider MAP Environmental to develop approximately 400 megawatts of solar projects in the United Kingdom - the largest solar agreement of its kind in the U.K.
As part of the agreement, the two companies will together invest £400 million (US$680 million) overall to develop the new solar projects, which will range from social housing, commercial rooftop and ground mounted installations.
The agreement marks a significant advancement toward the U.K. meeting its goal to cut carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050.
"Our pipeline is very healthy and in some cases quite advanced," Ross Gard, marketing manager of MAP Environment told Solar Power Portal. "It ranges from very small to exceptionally large. I can't disclose exact figures per site at this time but our pipeline currently stands at around the 400 MW mark in total."
The deal was approved by the UK Government during Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s visit to the UK earlier in June. The agreement is expected to create up to 50 new jobs in design, administration and operation roles, and 500 new jobs in construction and maintenance at a local level.
"We are proud of cooperating with a valuable partner in supporting the U.K.´s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint," General Manager of ZNShine Solar William Wang said in a statement.