Shell Solar GmbH has won a contract to provide solar-powered electricity to 26 remote villages in the Yunnan and Xinjiang areas of the People’s Republic of China.Beijing, China – December 1, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] Under the contract, valued at about ý2.7 million (US$3.2 million), Shell Solar will install centralized systems in the villages in the next year. The total installed power will be 200 kW for the villages, nine of which are in Xinjiang and the rest in Yunnan. These villages have a total of about 1,300 households, which currently have no access to electricity. The contract is for the pilot phase of a larger, solar electrification program under the Chinese Government’s Brightness Program. The program also covers villages in Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia and Qinghai, and is funded jointly by the Kreditanstalt fýr Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German state-owned development bank, and China’s Ministry of Finance. “This is an exciting project that will help bring electricity to people in impoverished parts of China where in some cases there are not even roads,” said Shell China Country Chair Heng Hock Cheng. Last year Shell Solar initiated a project in Xinjiang that was designed to bring electricity to up to 78,000 rural households. Shell Solar also supplied solar modules with a capacity of 2.4 MW to rural electrification projects in Tibet and Inner Mongolia. In China, Shell Solar has provided cost-effective and reliable solar power solutions for telecommunications, pipeline cathodic protection, water pumping, traffic signaling, and grid-connected rooftop systems. The company provided additional electrification to remote villages through more than 50 projects, which coimbined adds up more than 5,000 kW of installed solar power.