US solar panel maker SunPower Corp. said it would partner with consumer electronics giant Apple Inc. to build two solar power projects in Sichuan province, Reuters reported.
The projects, when completed, will have a total capacity of 40 megawatts.
They will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co. Ltd., SunPower’s project development joint venture.
Completion of the projects, which are expected to provide up to 80 million kilowatt-hours per year, is expected in the fourth quarter, California-based SunPower, which is majority owned by French energy giant Total SA, said.
Last month, China set a higher target than expected for solar power installations for this year, as it seeks to increase the use of renewable energy.
Apple, which uses renewable energy to power its data centers, said in February it would buy about US$850 million of power from First Solar Inc.’s California solar farm to cut its energy bill.
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