China-based renewables firm Unisun Energy Group and consumer goods provider Unilever North Asia are partnering on a 13.4MW distributed generation solar PV project in China’s Anhui Province.
Based around the Renaissance Hotel in Hefei City, solar will be installed on separate rooftops at Unilever’s Hefei global manufacturing base, logistics park and Jinshan food factory.
In 2015 Unilever set a target to have 100% of its energy come from renewable sources by 2030 and Unisun will now act as one of Unilever’s major renewable energy suppliers in China after an agreement was signed.
Unilever’s Hefei Logistics Park will have a 6.8MW system installed with energy to be fully exported to the state power grid, while three other projects will be designed for net metering. Construction is to start this month, with grid connection expected in July.
Yisha He, chairman at Unisun Energy Group, said: “Unisun hopes that its cooperation with Unilever North Asia will open a new chapter for both companies in terms of renewables adoption.”
Unisun has already worked with major companies including food and beverage giants the Uni-President and Wahaha Groups.
Yisha He also noted that the firm has a distributed generation solar PV project pipeline in excess of 500MW, which is expected to exceed the 1GW mark by the end of the 2017 fiscal year.