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China Announces the World’s Largest Solar Plant
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On January 6, 2009 @ 5:00 am In Environment,Renewable Energy,Solar Power | 1 Comment
From the Three Gorges Dam to the Great Wall, China is known for its monumental projects that count among the biggest and grandest in the world. Recently the nation announced  its latest supermassive project: the construction of the world’s largest solar power plant . Planned by China Technology Development Group Corp  and privately-held Qinghai New Energy Group, the project will begin with a 30 MW plant in the Qaidam Basin  that will expand to produce 1 GW of solar energy.
Situated at an elevation of 2,500-3,000 meters, the Qaidam Basin  is the third largest basin in China. It is located in the Quinghai Province, and is know as the “Treasure Basin” for its rich supply of minerals and resources. The four treasures found in the basin are salt, oil, lead zinc and borax, and soon a fifth treasure will be added to the list – solar energy.
Both traditional silicon-based photovoltaic  and thin-film  panels will be used in this new power plant, and the initial 30 MW array is expected to cost $150 million. There is currently no word on which manufacturers will supply the solar panels, but a number of companies will likely be employed to meet the needs of the project.
This past year has seen a number of announcements heralding the construction of large solar plants  around the world, with the most recent announcement  coming from California for an 800 MW plant built by Optisolar  and Sunpower . Granted the great number of photovoltaic manufacturers in China, it’s only natural for the country to be pushing for more solar power projects and offering more incentives. Even though this is wonderful news for the solar industry, a 1 GW plant hardly puts a dent in China’s carbon emissions. In 2006 alone, China reportedly  installed 90 GW of coal-fired power.
Construction of the new solar plant will begin in 2009, although there is no estimated completion date.
Via EcoGeek 
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 Image: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/01/06/china-announces-worlds-largest-solar-plant/
 announced: http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSTRE50140W20090102?feedType=RSS&feedName=environmentNews
 solar power plant: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/10/29/kimberlina-solar-thermal-plant-by-ausra/
 China Technology Development Group Corp: http://www.chinactdc.com/english/index.shtml
 Qaidam Basin: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qaidam
 Qaidam Basin: http://www.confuciusinstitute.net/resources/1365
 silicon-based photovoltaic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/12/08/vatican-solar-array-goes-live/
 thin-film: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/03/10/printable-solar-cells-demonstrated/
 large solar plants: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/07/15/transportation-tuesday-gms-massive-solar-roof/
 most recent announcement: http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/08/18/pge-announces-800mw-of-solar-energy-for-california/
 Optisolar: http://www.optisolar.com/
 Sunpower: http://www.sunpowercorp.com/
 reportedly: http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/2420/
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