Remote Chinese provinces get German support for PV mini grids
The German development bank
Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) signed a memo of understanding
with China in mid-July worth €8 million ($7.9 million) for PV mini
grids for remote villages in Gansu Province.
According to a KfW spokesman who asked
not to be named, the deal won't be finalized until a contract is
signed with the Chinese government, probably in mid-2003.
Most likely it will be similar to a pair of projects the KfW finalized
in March to electrify 170 villages in the Chinese provinces of
Xinjiang and Yunnan with PV mini grids (see PI 4/2002, p. 33). A
consultant has been sent to China to select locations and coordinate
tenders and product deliveries. According to the KfW, no money has
been paid out yet, and no PV systems have been installed so far.
The projects, expected to take 30 months to finish, will be carried
out by two Chinese partners. The Xinjiang Wind Energy Company will be
responsible for Xinjiang, and Yunnan Brightness Engineering for Yunnan.
The total project cost is €16.6 million ($16.5 million). The KfW is
providing €10.2 million ($10.1 million), with the balance being
covered by China.
The KfW involvement is connected to China's Brightness Program, aimed
at providing electrification to 23 million people in the rural western
regions of Xinjiang, Yunnan, Gansu, Tibet, Qinghai, and Inner Mongolia
by 2010, using solar, wind, and hybrid technologies.
Hirshman, Iris Krampitz
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