Chinese manufacturer Yingli Green is to supply 54MW of its modules for seven PV projects in the UK.

The projects are all being developed by Grid Essence UK, a subsidiary of Cyprus-based Grid Essence Holdings.

Yingli's multicrystalline YGE Series modules will be installed in ground-mounted solar projects located in the south of England and Wales.

Construction has already begun, and modules will be delivered between February and March 2014. All the projects are scheduled for grid connection by the end of the first quarter of 2014 and, when complete, will generate an estimated total of 54,500 MWh of green electricity per year, according to Yingli.

“We are honoured to cooperate with Yingli Green Energy on these projects, which are critical for us to achieve our renewable energy target within the next five years,” said Steve Bourbonnais, the co-founder and chief executive of Grid Essence.

The projects will be eligible for Renewable Obligation Certificates. The ROC support level is due to fall from 1.6 to 1.4 on April 1, meaning developers are racing against the clock to complete projects in time to claim the higher rate.

However, progress on many projects has been hampered by the poor weather and flooding that has been affecting the UK since the start of 2014.