Last December, it was announced that China would be building a 1-GW solar PV plant, the largest in the world at time, but soon after, plans for a 1.3-GW solar project in California were revealed, taking the title away from China. Well, it looks like China is back on top again, at least for now, with plans to build a 2-GW solar PV plant in the Mongolian Desert, the world's largest by far.
The Chinese government is partnering with U.S.-based First Solar to bring this project to life and the company is considering building a manufacturing facility in China to supply the panels for the large project. The 16,000-acre plant would cost somewhere between $5 and $6 billion if built here, but should cost slightly less to build in China. Construction will begin next year on the first phase, a 30 MW demo project. Over the next decade, the other hundreds of megawatts will be added and the plant should power about three million Chinese homes.
The plant is part of an 11,950-MW renewable-energy park (yes, you read that right) planned for Ordos City, Inner Mongolia. The park will feature wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass and hydro storage projects.
This project is another large leap that China is making to meet their goals of having 20 percent of their energy come from renewable sources by 2020 and to reach a cap on their CO2 emissions by 2030.
via NY Times
written by Hazem, September 12, 2009
written by Richard Fletcher, September 17, 2009
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