CHENGDU, China -- Apollo Solar Energy Inc., a refiner and producer of tellurium-based compounds and other metals for the solar photovoltaic (PV) industry, here has entered into a non-binding collaboration agreement with China Energy Conservation Solar Energy Technologies Inc. (CECS) to build scaled thin-film solar energy power stations.
Apollo Solar intends to provide CECS with thin film solar panels for the construction of thin scaled film solar power stations and photovoltaic grid-connected systems.
The parties intend to work jointly to construct thin scaled film solar energy power stations. CECS intends to acquire the thin film solar energy power stations that may be built independently by Apollo Solar through its separate financing and technology.
Stated-owned CECS has been charged with the construction and operation of scaled solar power stations in China. It is currently the largest investor and systematic operator of solar photovoltaic technology in China. At present, CECS's installed electric capacities are almost 1,400 MW, including solar power station construction projects that are still in the development and construction stages.
Apollo Solar Energy, through its subsidiary, Sichuan Apollo Solar Science and Technology Co. Ltd. in Chengdu, is primarily engaged in refining and producing tellurium and high-purity tellurium-based metals for specific segments of the electronic materials market.
Apollo Solar also expects to be a constructor and operator in future government-funded solar farm projects in China, including a possible 10 GW solar community in Anhui province, China.
Chengdu's solar industry is still in its infancy. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province. Chengdu boasts a population of over 11 million people. Chengdu, a transportation and communication hub in Western China, seeks to become the next major base for the development of ICs, information technology (IT) and other sectors in the nation.
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