BAODING, China, March 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE) (“Yingli Green Energy” or the “Company”), the world’s largest vertically integrated photovoltaic (“PV”) manufacturer, known as “Yingli Solar”, today announced that the Company has supplied 10 megawatts of multicrystalline PV modules to Solarcentury Holdings Ltd. (“Solarcentury”), a leading solar company in the UK.
In terms of the agreement between Yingli and Solarcentury, the Company is the sole supplier and has completed the delivery of approximately 40,000 PV modules at the end of February. These modules will be installed on the Isle of Sheppey which is located approximately 85 kilometers east of London, UK. The project will produce approximately 10,000 MWh of electricity per year, enough electricity to supply around 3,000 typical homes. The plant is being acquired by the Bluefield Solar Income Fund (BSIF), the first UK solar focused fund listed on theLondon Stock Exchange. BSIF has acquired GBP140 million of large scale solar assets in the UKsince July 2013 and is advised by Bluefield Partners LLP.
“Solarcentury looks back on a strong partnership built on trust with Yingli Green Energy for more than five years with the intention to deepen the collaboration moving forward. We are delighted to continue this trusted partnership within the scope of this exciting project,” said Mr.Matthew Boulton, COO of Solarcentury.
“As a strategic partner in the UK, we look forward to continuing our cooperation with Solarcentury, a company that has been around since the early days of the solar industry,” said Mr. Ramin Dilmaghanian, Business Development Director UK, Yingli Green Energy.
“With roughly 2.5 GW of solar capacity in place in the UK, the country is set to become the largest solar market in Europe. We believe that solar can make a meaningful contribution to the country¡¯s target of 15% renewable generation by 2020 and beyond,” said Mr. Liansheng Miao, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Yingli Green Energy.
About Yingli Green Energy
Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited (NYSE: YGE), known as “Yingli Solar”, is the world’s largest photovoltaic module manufacturer in terms of production capacity and shipments. Yingli Green Energy’s manufacturing covers the photovoltaic value chain from ingot casting and wafering through solar cell production and module assembly. Headquartered in Baoding, China, Yingli Green Energy has more than 20 regional subsidiaries and branch offices and has distributed more than 8,000 MW PV modules to customers worldwide. For more information please visit www.yinglisolar.com.
Solarcentury is one of the most respected solar companies in the world. Founded in 1998, we have been around since the early days of the solar industry and have been part of the evolution that has made PV the attractive investment it is today. We have put solar on a greater variety of sites than any other company in the industry, and have won multiple awards for product innovation.
We work directly with our clients to design and install commercial, industrial and utility scale solar. We also supply our products and services to installers and distributors. All of our customers benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, superior yields and sheer breadth of deployment.
We are a big believer in helping solar PV change our world for the better and contribute 5% of our net profits every year to the charity we founded, SolarAid, which aims to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.
Solarcentury has offices in the UK, Italy, The Netherlands, Kenya and South Africa as well as a growing presence in Latin America. www.solarcentury.com
About Bluefield Solar Income Fund Limited (the “Company” or “BSIF”)
BSIF is a Guernsey-registered investment company focusing on large scale agricultural and industrial solar assets. The Company raised gross proceeds of GBP130 million in July 2013through an initial public offering (“IPO”) of shares on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. It raised further capital via a tap issue in February. The Company seeks to provide shareholders with an attractive return, principally in the form of semi-annual income distributions, by investing in a diversified portfolio of solar energy assets, each located within the UK, with a focus on utility scale assets and portfolios on greenfield, industrial and/or commercial sites.
About Bluefield Partners LLP (“Bluefield”)
Bluefield was established in 2009 and is a specialist investment adviser to funds and companies investing in solar energy infrastructure. Bluefield’s team has a proven track record in the selection, acquisition and management of large scale energy and infrastructure assets in the UKand Europe.
The managing partners have been involved in over GBP350m of solar photovoltaic (“PV”) funds and/or transactions in both the UK and Europe since 2008, including over GBP170m in the UKsince December 2011. Bluefield has led the acquisitions, and currently advises, on over 50 UK based solar assets. Bluefield was appointed Investment Adviser to the Company in June 2013.
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