Shell Renewables has signed an agreement with the Sun Oasis Company Limited in Beijing to supply solar home systems to up to 78,000 households over five years in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of western China.
The project is supported by a US$15-million-grant from the Dutch Government and is part of the Chinese Government’s China Brightness Programme to bring electricity to remote communities.
This is Shell’s first renewable energy project in China, and builds on its business’ rural electrification activities in South Africa, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India.
For the Xinjiang project, the Sun Oasis Company will be responsible for marketing, installing and maintaining the solar home systems. Shell will be responsible for the supply of the systems and will provide technical and management assistance.
Solar power is not new to Xinjiang where more than 10,000 solar home systems have been installed in the past 10 years.