August 24, 2010 / 1:12 AM / in 7 years

First Solar to start building China solar plant 2011

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - First Solar expects construction of a solar power plant in Inner Mongolia to begin next year, the China Business News reported on Tuesday, citing a person from the U.S. company.

First Solar had earlier expected to start building the plant, which will be the world’s largest, in June this year, the newspaper said.

The company is still awaiting approval from the authorities before it can start construction work, it added.

Under a memorandum of understanding with the Chinese government, First Solar will build a 2-gigawatt power plant, enough to power about 3 million Chinese households, at Ordos City, in Inner Mongolia.

Reporting by Soo Ai Peng; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

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