United Photovoltaics Group (United PV) has bought development rights for 100MW of ground-mounted solar power projects in Datong, Shanxi Province, China.

The projects are part of National Advanced photovoltaic technology demonstration base in the Chinese province.

United PV said the base is the demonstrative project of the top runner program for China’s National Energy Administration, being developed in coal mining subsidence areas.

Under the programme, about 1GW of projects are planned to be developed this year.

Seven of power plants planned to be developed will each have a generation capacity of 100MW while five other plants will have an aggregate capacity of 50MW.

United PV executive director China Merchants Capital managing director LU Zhenwei said: "We will build the Base as a new name card for China’s environmental-friendly energy by applying the most advanced intellectual power plant management system.

"United PV will set up a testing laboratory in the Base with TÜV, a famous company in the industry, to continue to explore and promote the new model and new path for scale-development of solar power generation and industrial upgrading, making contribution to the solar power industry in the period of ‘Thirteenth five year plan’ and beyond."

China Guodian, China General Nuclear Power, China Huadian, Huaneng Renewables, China Three Gorges News Energy and Datong Coal Mine have also acquired the development rights of the 100MW projects.