First Solar, Chinese Company Partner In Massive Solar Plant

BEIJING — A U.S. company said Wednesday it wants to start construction this year in China of one of the world’s biggest solar power plants after forming a partnership with a major state-owned utility company.First Solar Inc. announced plan…

BEIJING — A U.S. company said Wednesday it wants to start construction this year in China of one of the world’s biggest solar power plants after forming a partnership with a major state-owned utility company.

First Solar Inc. announced plans in 2009 for the facility in northern China’s Inner Mongolia region. The company said it hoped to break ground in mid-2010 but a pre-feasibility study was not approved until September and regulators delayed approval of higher payment rates for solar-generated power.

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