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China Builds World's Biggest Solar Farm: Quest for Green Superpower

Feb 03, 2017 08:24 AM EST
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China is on its way to becoming the first "Green Superpower" through building the world's largest solar farm in the western province of Qinghai.

According to The Guardian, the mega-project is called the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, a remote 27-square-kilometer solar farm that emphasizes the country's desire to "transform" itself to a green superpower.

It was built for a whopping cost of 6 billion Yuan and is constantly expanding since 2013. The solar farm now has the capacity to produce 850 MW of power, which is more than enough to supply up to 200,000 households. Bloomberg says the solar farm currently stands on the front line of a global photovoltaic revolution that is being spearheaded by China, which, ironically, is considered as one of the world's greatest polluters.

Xie Xiaoping, chairman of the Huanghe Hydropower Development, said the development of clean energy in China is important if they want to fulfill their promises as per the Paris Agreement. Anders Hove, a Beijing-based clean energy expert from the Paulson Institute, said that as early as 2012, solar power was "shunned" as a potential power source in China, given it being expensive.

However, New York Times revealed that costs for solar and wind power have plummeted and by 2020, China aims to be producing 110 GW of solar power and 210 GW of wind power as part of the country's ambitious plans to slash pollution and emissions. According to Bloomberg, the country will be increasing the amount of energy coming from non-fossil fuels to 20 percent of the total by 2030.

Meanwhile, earlier this month, China's energy agency has pledged to spend more than $360 billion on renewable energy sources -- a good approach considering that China is adopting quite the aggressive stance in order to lessen their emissions and pollution.

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