RWE Schott Brings Solar Power to 26 Chinese Villages

May 15, 2005 by Jeff Shepard

RWE SCHOTT Solar Inc. (RSS, Rocklin, CA), a manufacturer of solar-electric modules and systems, announced that it has secured a bid from CMC International Tendering Corp. (China) for the electrification of approximately 26 villages in China's Gansu province. The approximately €1,000,000 cost of the project includes expenditures for locally manufactured components such as batteries, diesel motors and system installation, as well as the cost of training local operators.

The project is part of the Chinese government's Brightness Program, which brings electricity to remote and unelectrified villages through the establishment of independent village "minigrids." These local grids will be powered by local hybrid diesel/solar power plants, 90% of whose energy output will be solar-based.