Sun and wind energy speeds ahead in sw China

Trip Start Jan 30, 2007
Trip End Dec 31, 2011

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Flag of China  , Yunnan,
Saturday, January 10, 2009

Few countries can have two good energy stories in the same day, but here in Yunnan we are going solar, we are going wind, and we are going hydro (we've also doing coal)

Work on China's largest solar farm gets underway

$1.3bn solar farm to come online by 2010, producing 166MW of power a year

Having already established itself as one of the leading generators of wind energy, China is now attempting to repeat the trick in the solar sector after construction began this week on the country's largest solar farm to date.

The $1.3bn (870m) facility in the southern province of Yunnan is scheduled to be finished by 2010 and will generate 166MW of power.

The plant will be co-funded by a unit of state power company China Huaneng and the Yunnan Provincial Power Investment, according to a statement on China Huaneng's web site.

The move follows a similar wind energy project that has seen China Huaneng partner with Hong Kong Electric to develop a 48MW wind farm in the province.

China is the world's second-biggest energy consumer and will spend almost a fifth of its 2007 gross domestic product on capital projects, including power plants, as it seeks to stimulate economic growth and escape a deepening recession, the government said in November.

The government is also committed to a huge expansion in renewable energy capacity as part of its climate change strategy, although it has declined to set official targets.

Huaneng New Energy Industrial/HK Electric Dali Dafengba wind farm, the highest-altitude wind farm in China, which is also the first large-scale wind power project in Yunnan Province officially started operations after a year of construction.

The Dafengba wind farm is located at a ridge almost 12 kilometers south of Dali in Yunnan Province at an altitude of 2,400-2,800 meters. Each year after beginning operations, the wind farm will save China about 27,000 tons of standard coal and reduce carbon emissions by 89,000 tons.

The operation of the wind farm and its power generation mark another major period of achievement made by the Huaneng Group in its new energy development in Yunnan Province. It carries great significance in the implementation of strategies to develop western China, and to expedite the development of clean renewable energy.

By People's Daily Online
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