China launches largest floating solar power plant on earth

China’s attempts at changing perceptions about their disregard for the environment through among others their carbon emissions have resulted in the largest floating solar farm on earth recently having been completed and connected to the local power grid.

Manmade lakes are not ecologically sensitive

The solar energy plant floats on a manmade lake in the Anhui province near the city of Huainan. Anhui province is a coal-rich region, and the plant is located on a lake that was once the site of intensive coal mining. Heavy rains filled the area with water.

The facility, which produces 40 megawatts of power, was created by photovoltaic (PV) inverter manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply.

The energy generated is enough to power 15,000 homes and is twice as much as that generated by the previous biggest plant in the same area that was launched in 2016.

Building solar plants on manmade lakes that are not ecologically sensitive, helps protect agricultural land and ecosystems from being developed.

NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) determined that 2016 was the warmest year on record globally for the third year in a row. In an attempt to reverse this trend, initiatives like this and others will need to be adopted around the globe.

China’s huge non-floating solar projects

An aerial view of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park in China.

While the floating solar plant is the largest in the world, some of China’s non-floating solar projects are much bigger.

The Longyangxia Dam Solar Park on the Tibetan plateau hosts 4 million solar panels that produce 850 megawatts of energy. It will soon be overtaken by a project in the Ningxia Autonomous Region, which will have 6 million solar panels and which will produce 2 gigawatts of power.

Renewable energy sources are currently responsible for 11 percent of China’s energy. It is hoped that this will double by 2030.

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