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Tuesday, 18 August 2015 19:30

Construction of the largest solar farm kicks off in China

Construction of the largest solar farm Delingha has been launched in the GobiDesert in Qinghai (China). The farm shall cover the area of 25 square kilometers, Caspian Energy News (www.caspianenergy.net) reports with reference to CDU TEK.

The farm will consist of six huge solar towers connected to a plurality of solar panels. As soon as all works are finalised, each of the six towers will generate 135 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to supply electricity to one million households in Qinghai all year round. Batteries are able to maintain the stored energy for 15 hours, thus guaranteeing a stable supply of electricity round the clock.

When accomplished, the first phase of construction will result in commissioning of two solar towers generating 135 MW each to provide electricity to 452,000 households. Then the remaining four towers will come on stream.

After starting Delingha, the use of coal will decrease by 4.3 million tonnes per year and thus enable to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 896,000 tonnes and sulfur dioxide by 8,100 tonnes.

In 2014, the total capacity of solar power plants in China was 28.05 GWh, which is 400 times up compared to 2005, and there are plans to raise this figure to 100 GW by 2020.

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